Tulsa >La Villa Restaurant-Philbrook
Lovely dining experience.. I recently had Sunday brunch at La Villa Restaurant-Philbrook. It was much much better than I expected. In addition to the normal breakfast fare (sausage, bacon, biscuits & gravy, pastries, waffles, grits, potatoes, eggs, etc.) they served oysters on the half shell, mussels, Salmon, a wonderful array of cheeses, several salads, Omelets made to order, prime rib, huevos rancheros, roasted vegetables, and a large variety of desserts. The chocolate pie was fabulous! Didn't expect it to be that good. And the setting is, of course, unmatched.
Beautiful setting. Reservations are required and were made 5 days in advance and confirmed for Sunday brunch to celebrate Mother's birthday, However, upon arrival hostess could not find reservations even though I mention to her the exact time and day the reservations were made. The hostess was rather indifferent and did not offer any options such as setting up another table for four as there was plenty of room.
Will not be dining at La Villa in the future.
Food As Art at La Villa.
The Philbrook Museum of Art is one of Tulsa's gems. Located in the mansion of oil baron Waite Phillips, which is itself a work of art, the Philbrook Museum houses a world-class art collection located in one of Tulsa's most beautiful neighborhoods, nestled in an estate of incomporable beauty. It is only fitting that Philbrook should house an outstanding restaurant, LaVilla Restaurant.
I love Sunday brunch at La Villa. At $18.95 a pop for adults, it is pricey, but worth every penny. Be prepared for an assault on your taste buds, and a relaxing, civilized experience.
I made at least four rounds of the buffet. The cold poached salmon is probably the best I've ever head. The salmon is cooked to just the right degree of doneness, has a nice moistness and flavor, and is served with whipped cream cheese flecked with dill piped around the edges. Smoked salmon is also available. Ramekins of capers, finely choped tomatoes, finely chopped red onion (which was nice and sweet, not hot) and riced hard boiled egg are avilable as garnishes.
I particularly enjoyed the oysters on the half shell. These oysters were served with a wasabi cream and caviar on top -- something unique and flavorful. I also enjoyed roasted asparagus in a vinnaigrette flavored with kosher salt, roast pork with a balsamic sauce (and I appreciated the fact that the chef sliced it thin), a wonderful quinoa salad with finely julliened zucchini, summer squash and sun dried tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese, tossed with a wonderful pesto. The potato salad, flavored with fresh dill and a dressing that wasn't overkill, was memorable as well. I also enjoyed my dark chocolate torte, garnished with raspberries and blackberries.
The day of my visit there was no room remaining indoors. This turned out to be a blessing, as I enjoyed my brunch on the patio in picture-perfect weather. Looking at the beauty of Philbrook's grounds while enjoyed brunch made my early afternoon all the more relaxing.
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