New Tastes of “Nova Portuguesa” in Sonoma

The delights of New Portuguese cuisine charmed tlegray, who filed a report on dinner at LaSalette in Sonoma Plaza. tlegray sampled the menu via the Tasca Tasting Plates: a selection of dishes like linguiça, pig's feet terrine, and salt-cured beans.

How delicious was it? "So delicious," says tlegray of the house-made linguiça and luxuriously fatty serrano ham. She had never tasted sardines, but spun the wheel of fortune and landed on a big win with the sardinhas assadas: whole Monterey Bay fish "flash cooked" in a wood-burning oven. Hints of wood and olive oil warmed the mild flavor of the fish, which tlegray would order again in a heartbeat.

The other star of the evening was a main dish, the "wonderful combination" of house-made herb fettuccine with scallops, roasted bell peppers, chorizo, and fennel pollen. Cold sweets finished the meal: mango sorbet, vintage port ice cream, and a chocolate-chile ice cream that called to mind Mexican hot chocolate.

Service-wise, it's of note that the waiter allowed the table to order each course individually so that diners could weigh their hunger and preferences before committing to the next portion of their feast.

LaSalette [Sonoma County]
452 First Street East, Suite H, Sonoma
707-938-1927

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