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Sierra Solitaire report

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Sierra Solitaire report

janet of reno | Jul 16, 2005 02:01 AM

I was feeling like a splurge tonight, and one that involved getting cooler, so decided to head up to the new Sierra Solitaire restaurant (what used to be the Galena Forest Inn, just before you seriously start up the mountain on the Mt. Rose Highway.). I had heard they had totally remodeled inside, but to me the layout looked exactly the same, just different wall treatments and paintings....It is now classical French/Continental, if anything a little old school, but with a few unusual twists. For example, we watched the waiter make Caesar salad tableside for the group next to us: hand crushing the garlic and anchovies first, adding raw egg and all, even tearing the romaine pieces by hand: and then serving it in what looked for all the world like the kind of fried flour tortilla used for a taco salad at a fast food place (I don't think it was really a tortilla; I'm not sure what it was....but I did notice the folks ate every bit of salad and left the basket..)..But on to our food: First of all, the place definitely is a bit of a splurge. Entrees are all in the thirty dollar range. Despite the heat, we couldn't resist starting with French Onion soup...and were glad we did: lots of great gruyere, properly bubbly, and a rich flavorful broth with lots of onions. Probably the highlight of the meal. For mains hubby had his -once-a-year New York steak: tender and flavorful but maybe a little on the fatty side. I had the duck breast Montmercy in a dark cherry sauce. The duck was lean and fork-tender but I found the sauce a little cloying. Dessert was a bit problematic: of the nine or ten choices on the cart about six were heavily chocolate (I am one of those strange folks who doesn't particularly care for chocolate...), and two others were cheesecakes. I would have liked to see more summer fruit options. We settled for a creme caramel, and it was light and delicious. Coffee was some of the best I'd had in a long time. Service was excellent and friendly, and they didn't blink at some folks who walked in wearing shorts, so a good place to go if you don't feel like dressing up. However, don't assume that this means its cheap: dinner for two with two glasses of cabernet, one coffee, and a shared desert (with tax and tip) was $135. It was nice to sit and relax and look at the pines through the big picture windows: I would go back for a special occasion, date-type dinner....

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