Monday, December 18, 2006
Restaurant Review: Tender Greens
There was a time when I couldn't deem a salad as a complete meal. Now, after being brainwashed Whole Foods-style, I embrace a simple dish of uncooked vegetables. Not to mention, I am fairly closed minded to most meats and am pretty much a pseudo-vegetarian (read: picky and annoying eater). Anyway, sharing my love for leaves and food aversions (albeit substantiated by actual food allergies), Ashley joined me at Tender Greens in downtown Culver City.
Situated next to Ford's Filling Station (new "gastropub" owned by Harrison's Ford son. i didn't know he had a son either!) Tender Greens is largely an outdoor establishment. The menu is simple and mostly consists of a list of popular salads with occasional variations on the original recipes. I order the Nicoise salad (as shown on left, doi) which has seared ahi tuna, tomatoes, red lettuce, fingerling potatoes, olives and the smallest eggs I've ever seen (quail? maybe) tossed in a Dijon mustard vinagrette. The taste was definitely refreshing and completely reliant on the freshness of the ingredients. Ashley and I both agreed that the tuna was cooked well as you could taste the grilled flavor and light seasoning.
The service was super nice to boot. Ashley's napkin fell and a waiter quickly asked if she wanted another without either of us gasping and raising hands to our forehands in the exaggerated fashion of Victorian ladies. Ok, with the sarcasm removed from that last sentence, service was indeed very pleasant and helpful.
Price: ~$11 (+tax)
Rating: 8.7/10 (delicious)
9523 Culver Boulevard
Culver City California 90232