Four of us had a celebration last night at Cafe Lucia in the space where Affronti was. It is a comfortable and attractive room where the noise level was moderate even with all the tables occupied.
It was a celebration so we ordered a lot of food and shared everything. Started with tasting plates, small grazing plates of Fried Sonoma Goat Cheese, Boquerones-White Anchovies, Polvinhos-Baby Octopus, Smelts in Escabeche, Pig’s Feet Terrine, Serrano Redondo-Ham, Herb Marinated Olives. All were very good, the terrine and octopus were standouts.
Followed with appetizers, two orders of sauteed veal sweet breads with leek-fennel slaw, anise scented demi-glace. they were excellent as were the chourici crusted scallops, pan seared, Japanese sweet potato puree, leek confit, molho cru. Last app was bolinhos de bacalhau, cod cakes, cilantro alioli, Moroccan black olive coulis. Didn't taste these but got a big thumbs up :).
Entrees were also very good and attractively plated. A special pan roasted branzino came with fingerling potatoes and diced peppers. bacalhau no forno, traditional baked casserole of North Atlantic salt cod, potatoes, onions and olives. Portuguese fishermans stew was a small feast of sea bass, scallops, clams, mussels, shrimp, fingerling potatoes, linguiça, lobster fumet. Last entree was traditional Brazilian Feijoada, stewed beef, pork, smoked sausage, black beans, rice. Rich and tasty..
Finished with two desserts which were plated beautifully and were delicious. Chocolate was chocolate mousse with almond tuile, chocolate soufflé with ruby port gelée and bitter chocolate sorbet with caramelized banana. Traditional was arroz doce with madeira braised figs, malassadinhas with "ovos moles," and almond ice cream sandwich with fig cake.
Nearly rolled out after all that. Had a couple of white wines, an Azur sauvignon blanc and Rochioli chard, both wines were very nice.
Service was very good, almost too good at times as the meal winded down.
Cafe Lucia is an excellent addition to Healdsburg and we plan to head back again soon. Lots to explore on that menu :)
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