Had a wonderful meal with family on Saturday night at Henrietta's Table, which has become one of my favored spots for excellent food in a pleasantly informal atmosphere.
My crab cake was delicious, and its summer vegetable tartar sauce ditto (and I normally hate tartar sauce), and the bed of slivers of sauteed summer squashes was delectable, to boot. My brother had a very rich venison sausage, with good mustard and nice bed of coarsely sliced but nicely flavored sauerkraut.
My roasted duck with nectarines was among the best I have ever had (and I have had a lot of duck). Others opted for the smoked pork loin, which was very delicately flavored and moist (I expect no less when the Niman Ranch name is branded on the menu....). Excellent shared vegetable sides, the consistent variety and simplicity of preparation of which is one of reasons I love this restaurant.
A nice if somewhat pricey Oregon pinot noir from 1998 was still a tad bit young (which is why I pushed when the waiter at first brought a 1999 when the wine list 1998; I knew even the 1998 was probably a bit of a risk) and could have stood some further time, but it was still delicious with all of our offerings (even my crab cake, which I was suprised did not fight the wine, but perhaps might to those more refined palates that never have dare let a red wine near seafood).
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