Restaurants & Bars

Tra Vigne

Nic | May 26, 2005 10:38 AM

Headed up to St Helena with some friends and family - 8 total - for a graduation dinner at Tra Vigne.
The short story is that the food was good, but the service was somwehat lacking.
The longer story follows.
Our reservation was a 9:15. The waiter really talked up the new chef and his use of organic foods, but wasn't terribly friendly. He uncorked our wine and disappeared for about 20 minutes. Dishes were not brought out quickly and often left half the table without plates in front of them; the timing just seemed off.
Appetizers we had included:
Mushroom soup (they ran out of green garlic)
Battered shrimp and veggies
Green salad with gorgonzola and lemon
Salmon salad
(5) lamb filets
(2) grilled halibuts
(1) hand cut pasta with lamb
Chocolate tarts and buttermilk panna cotta with cherries.

The soup and salads were excellent and the lamb was incredible (I had the pasta with braised lamb). One person claimed his lamb was tough, but refused to send it back. The people who ordered the halibut seemed pleased, but not as effusive as the lamb eaters. The chocolate tarts were a little syrupy, but the flavor and the crust were both very nice. I didn't get to taste the panna cotta, so I can't comment on that.
We were the last people out of the restaurant, and it still took a long time to find our waiter and procure the check. In the end, everyone was very happy with the food, not so happy with the service, but we would all go back.

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