Quick trip report on Sonoma in Capital Hill area...
Lovely space and really nice people. Originally made reservations for six but when I called to cancel (because we couldn't find a babysitter) both the chef and the host told us to bring the kids. So they than accomodated us at a table for eight (although after having walked around sight seeing for the last two days, it would have been nice to have seat backs to rest on). I had really high hopes and I think that the potential exists. Perhaps we were just there on a bad night as well. The bar seemed in dis array as we had to put in our drink orders in rounds of two because the wait was so long. The food was interesting. I ordered the oyster mushroom ravioli which came out awesome but the second course of grilled octpus and baby fingerling potatoes wasn't so great. The octopus was tasty and not rubbery but the potatoes were stone cold. Another friend ordered something else with polenta in it and the polenta was ice cold but the other part of the dish was warm. It just seemed like the timing in the kitchen was off. Another friend ordered the rib eye and he loved it but the penne pasta was also cold. Since we had waited so long, we ended up just eating it and leaving (we actually ordered dessert to go from Oaymel). It was partially our fault as well because bringing the kids and eating at 8PM was not a good decision. It's hard to really relax when trying to keep an eye on a 2 and 5 year old...
Anyways, my husband and I are willing to give Sonoma another try because it did seem to have potential but last Saturday night was a bummer.
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