Sunday, January 15, 2012


Selba, 2416 W. Cary St., Richmond
Brunch Menu

Karisa: I wanted to *love* Selba. That didn't happen. The server was cute, but very slow. The food was good, but not amazing. I'd go back, but not soon.

Andrea: The highlight of the meal for me was the Selba Benedict - great value for the money ($8) and an interesting twist on the bread component of the dish (a Salvadorian corn cake). I was disappointed that during the "piano brunch", no piano was played. Our french press coffee was strong but got cold very quickly; the coffee experience was inhibited by the fact that we had to ask for milk/creamer three times before we received it. The ambiance score would likely have been higher had we been seated in the garden room, which is serene and beautifully lit with Tiffany lamps. With improvements in service and seating in the garden room, I would return for brunch and probably for a happy hour.

Michele: The first few minutes of our meal were wonderful.  Mimosa pitchers on special, French press coffee, and a very attractive waiter.  What more could we ask for?  Well, for starters cream and sugar.  Andrea has covered that issue.  We split the baked brie with our coffee, and it was delicious.  For my meal I ordered an omelette with chorizo, tomato, cilantro, and manchego cheese with a side of sweet potato fries.  This next part irks me the most about our meal at Selba's.  Andrea and I received our food a good 10 minutes before Karisa's food was brought out.  When we finally got around to eating, I enjoyed my omelette, but I remember thinking that I wanted to put some goat cheese on top of it.  I really liked the sweet potato fries - thick cuts of sweet potato and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.  Overall the food was good, but Selba really lost points in my book for the service.  Our waiter's handsome looks could not make up for his inattentiveness.

Rating: 3
Food (includes overall quality, value for the money, vegetarian options, innovative/yummy-sounding options): Good
Ambiance: Good
Service: Fair
Coffee: Fair
Mimosa: Good (liked that we could get a pitcher!)

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