Second time dining here and I don't understand why the place isn't packed. Nice room, well decorated, pleasant atmosphere and phenomenal food. Last nite, a glass of the 04 Sass pinot to start with the house filbert butter & bread. Ordered the mixed greens salad with a choice of 3 vinegarette's, sherry, red wine or raspberry, chose the raspberry. In my experience as a foody and a pretty good amatuer cook, the hardest dishes can be the simplest, how do you make a simple green salad extraordinary? Make it with perfect lettuce, add cracked filberts, a perfect amount of very made dressing and finally some Rogue River smoked bleu cheese. A great salad.
For dinner, lamb shanks with chevre couscous, olives and squash. I had the salmon the first I are at Cafe Filbert and really enjoyed the chef's mix of flavors and ingredients. Bill seems to like, as do I, bold flavors, the lamb shanks had everything I like in a dish. Nice change in textures, well plated, the olives were amazing with the lamb and the couscous, I normally don't care for couscous but whether it was the goat cheese or the fabulous braising liquid from the lamb, I ate it all!
Great food, great service, nice people, what more can you ask for?