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Sonoma – Sunday brunch at the girl & the fig

rworange | Jun 27, 2005 01:32 AM

This was my first visit here and although this isn’t all raves, I liked it very much and will return. I want the grilled green tomato BLT next. There were some amazing dishes on other tables like the quiche, brioche French toast and top sirloin burger.

I had
- fig royale
- fig salad
- Fig cooler
- duck comfit, goat cheese and forest mushroom omelet
- fig aperitif
- strawberry peach cobbler with fig/port ice cream and spiced fig caramel

It was a very figgy morning and who says they don’t serve dishes with figs.

Since it is fresh fig season, the fig salad came with three grilled fresh mission fig halves. It was a very nice salad with arugula, pecans, chevre, pancetta, and fig & port vinaigrette. I especially liked the generous pancetta pieces.

I’m just not a duck person, but how often does the chance to try a duck omelet come up. Even though it was fancy liberty farms duck comfit and probably the best in its class, I’m just not into the taste of Donald or Daffy.

The omelet itself was very good, but not exceptional and I don’t think I’d order it again no matter what the filling. It came with some lovely greens and designer radish slices. They were very good. Another poster mentioned they make a radish plate at times and, even though I’m not a radish fan, I’d order it in a minute based on the lovely radishes I ate today.

They were nice enough to substitute the fig & port ice cream for the hazelnut that usually tops the cobbler. I love this ice cream with bits of dried fig. The taste of fig was apparent in the caramel sauce and very nice.

The cobbler served in individual ramekins was excellent. It had a not too sweet crumb topping and lots of warm sliced sweet strawberries with slices of tart peach for contrast.

The bread was Artisan Bakery’s pugliese with a dish of sweet butter. I was a little disappointed that, being brunch and all, there wasn’t a dish of their fig conserve with it. Very nice bread though.

As to the fig drinks, they were interesting, Tried them. Liked them. I probably wouldn’t order them again. The fig royale was cranberry red and I double checked to make sure it was fig. Nice, but no particular fig taste.

The brown fig cooler served over ice cubes is made of the fig aperitif, fresh lemon, cinnamon and cloves. I liked this even though I despise cloves. The use of the spice was restrained.

I wanted to try the actual aperitif infused with fruits, plants and spices. Actually it didn’t taste much different than the fig cooler, just less diluted. It has the taste more of prunes than fig. They also have martinis with fig infused vodka.

There were many other interesting non fig cocktails and aperitifs. There were about five different takes on the bloody Mary.

The service was a little reserved and formal, despite the jeans, t-shirt and white apron attire of the wait staff. While not in the same league, it reminded me of French Laundry where the focus was bringing the food professionally to the table. Dishes were removed, water filled at the instant you needed it. However, it didn’t feel like you were being stared at or hovered over.

The nit with service was incorrect ingredients in the specials. I was told the omelet had brie. It was goat cheese. The cobbler was supposed to be blackberry. I prefer strawberry, but that’s a big change.

The small dining room is very lovely and comfortable. It reminded me of some nice French country restaurants. The moss green velvet drapes on the windows were lightened by the mustard walls and light wood floors. There were lovely art deco lamps and ceiling fans. The colorful paintings of resident artist Julie Higgins brighten the walls.Baskets held full loaves of the bread waiting to be served. There is a nice patio in the back and the bar area has some cozy couches and chairs There was a nice selection of magazines to read.

The cheese plate is one of the nicest I’ve seen, the portions are reasonable and the selection is interesting. They have a port flight so that might go very nice with the cheese plate.

Considering the restaurant, I thought the prices were fair with the omelet only $10.95.

On Sunday evening and all day Monday through Thursday they have Bistro Plats du Jour. For $28 you get soup or salad, the weekly entrée and dessert. With three wine flights the price is $35. This is very French, to me. Past entrees included spring vegetable pasta, duck comfit cassoulet, stuffed trout, seafood stew, grilled salmon, tarragon chicken, lobster scented risotto, vegetables vol au vent and, this week, sole meuniere

To make it the perfect brunch, I found a parking space right in front of the restaurant.

I feel so lucky to be living less than a 30 minute drive from Sonoma. I’ve enjoyed watching the seasons change. Today was glorious with the rolling hills of green leafed vines. Flowers were at their summer best. Sonoma itself was a little deserted because there was a race today. Sonoma Market was empty. I passed the race track and the whole event looked very festive. You could hear the race cars from the road. Very cool. I may have to go one of these days. Is there any good food at the race track?

Website: www.thegirlandthefig.com

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