Restaurants & Bars 2

Zare in Napa

jaweino | Jun 27, 2005 01:55 AM

We just had a very good dinner at Zare in Napa at 5091 Solano Ave. Hoss Zare previosly owned Zare in San Francisco.

There were three of us. For appetizers Larry and I each had one of the the daily specials, Prosciutto with two kinds of melons, cantloupe and honeydew. The melons were cut into bite size chunks and were very sweet and juicy. They were served with a good quality prosciutto. The saltiness and sweetness together were very satisfying. La Bonita had the Three Dolma plate. It consisted of one each of a Lamb, an Eggplant, and Napa Cabbage dolma. All were very good, but she would happily have made a meal of a plate of the lamb dolmas.

For main course I had the Rabbit au Vin which was prepared like coq au vin with pearl onions, peas, and other vegetables. It was a large portion and was delicious. The rabbit was very tender and juicy. I think it was the best preparation of rabbit I've ever had.

Larry had the Duck Breast which had crispy skin, and tender, juicy meat. It was very good and tasty and served over a bed of basmatti rice with raisins and slivered almonds The duck was prepared with several different kinds of berries.

La Bonita had the Soft Shell Crab, which appeared as an appetizer, but they prepared it as an entree. It was also excellent.

For dessert we had the Budino, a chocolate souffle. It was really good and served with a melange of fresh fruit on the side. It was also served with bananas spli lenghwise with a creme brule type glaze. The only bad note of the meal was that one of the blueberries I bit into was moldy.

Overall we really liked the place. The service was good, friendly and efficient. The place had Persian overtones as seen in the dolmas and the rice preparation. There was also a fessenjoon chicken kebab on the appetizer menu.

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