Restaurant Review - February 26, 2008 - Joanne

Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA
Underwood Bar & Grill

9113 Graton Rd, Graton, CA
707 823-7023


November 3, 2007 - Lunch

After a couple of great, good and not-so, visits to Underwood, we are rewarded with good service and good food on this recent lunch. The food was well-crafted and the menu full of nice flourishes on the French Bistro theme. There is a definite interest by the chef of world cuisine and he manages to integrate it well.

Dark wood and zinc topped tables set the stage with red leather booths, ceiling fans and pale yellow walls. There a few tables on the patios (with heaters) and some bar seating. If you happen to be near Graton, this is a good landing spot for a pleasant lunch or casual dinner if you happen to be near Graton.

Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil - Special - at Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA
Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil (Special)
Nice. A little shallow on flavor but mousse-y and showing the mushrooms. The truffle oil added a nice earthiness.

Thai Steak Salad at Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA
Thai Steak Salad
The steak was a bit chewy but the sauce was lovely. Good contrast of crunch, chew, spice and sweetness.

Romaine Salad at Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA
Romaine Salad
Good but something missing. Perhaps a dressing to bind the cheese walnut and pear together? The elements on their own were excellent.

Duck Confit at Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA
Duck Confit

Crispy skin, succulent interior with nicely done lentils underneath. Not the best confit ever but a good one and not too greasy. The mâche was a nice foil and the sausage was good but a strange element.

Lamb Sandwich atUnderwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA
Lamb Sandwich
A favorite of mine. The pita bread was soft and crispy where it needed it. Tsatsiki sauce was a creamier style, which goes well with the onions and tomatoes. (On our last visit it was more like garlic mayonnaise but still worked with the dish.) Lamb wonderfully flavorful but on the chewier side today, but this did not distract from it being a great mesh of flavors. The crispy frites are very crunchy and lightly salted. I like the tomato cilantro sauce which accompanying them but it's an odd choice with the lamb.

BBQ Ribs at Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA
BBQ Ribs
Asian-style with a nice, crisp coleslaw. The ribs are perfect; meat falling off the bone. The BBQ sauce is sweet, with a chinese-style seasoning.

Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA InteriorInterior at Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA
Patio & Side view of Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA

Menu at Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA    BEverage Menu at Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA

Specials Menu - Lunch

Tapas/Small Plates Menu



Update February 9, 2008


Another pleasant lunch at Underwood gets our recommendation as a good lunch choice in West County Sonoma.

Lunch Specials at Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA
On this visit we had a special (Dayboat Scallops - very good), the lamb sandwich (the lamb was not chewy this time) and the Creekstone burger.
Creekstone Burger at Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA
Dayboat Scallops - Special - at Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA
Lamb Sandwich at Underwood Bar & Grill, Graton, CA




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