Today I took advantage of 70+ degree weather for a brief lunch pitstop at a sidewalk table at Cafe Saint Rose in Santa Rosa. Open a month now, some of the obvious changes are addition of raised stools for counter seating and squeezing in a four-top inside. The selection of small plates at the top of the menu has turned over completely and is much different from what's listed on the website currently. http://cafesaintrose.com/menu.html The selection of bocadillos is about the same. I had hoped that the servings on the small plate/snack/salad section would become more petite at lower prices encouraging ordering two items for lunch. But it seems that the prices have crept up so that they range from $6 to $9 now in that category.
I had time for just one bite anyway and picked the mushroom soup with crema and green sauce, $6. Lucky me, as this knocked my socks off. This started off with a rich, oodles-of-mushrooms base, then took it over the top with the peppy green sauce, and brought it home to the nest with the thick, tart crema. That condiment deserves a much catchier name to match the exotic aromas and exciting flavors. Mint, cilantro, basil, garlic, peanuts, lime . . . and so much more than green to zing the palate.
Can't recommend the Thai ice tea, too weak.
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