Soif in downtown Santa Cruz abandoned there normal menu to put on a bistro event for Bastille day on Thursday. I was able to get the last table at around 6:10 so obviously there are a few other people in SC that would support a bistro! The Great Morgani was also on hand to add some accordian atmosphere to the festivities.
Overall the meal was really great. I opted to start with the pigs foot. This was fairly similar in look to the version in the Bouchon cookbook- Super tender minced pig foot formed into a patty, breaded, fried and served on french green beans with sauce gribiche. A different saucing might have been preferable for me, but the pig was insanely good and I could not find a single flaw in the execution.
I then had the blanquette of veal. The veal was braised perfectly. The sauce was rich and creamy without being heavy or dulling flavors. Also included were great baby white/red onions, carrots and turnips and a few chunks of rich marrow. A nice example of home comfort type food with really good proffesional execution and refinement.
I finished with a very good chocolate mousse (good chocolate flavor and not overly sweet) simply garnished with a couple strawberries and blackberries.
My only two minor quibbles with the evening were that the portion on the veal was too small. The richness of this dish and my starter balanced it out a bit but this was still mildly annoying. The other issue was that the special wines they had for the event were all $50+ While we started with an excellent Kermit Lynch imported Bandol from the regular list, we could not find a good follow up. We ended up getting a nice selection from the piemonte but it sort of missed the point of the meal. We figured since the french got their cuisine and grapes from Italy it was not too horrible of a thing to do :)
All in all a great event and well worth attending if you happen to be in SC next June.
The entire menu was:
Plateau de Fromages
Charcuterie du maison
Huîtres avec mignonette
Salade verte aux fines herbes
Poireaux frais vinaigrette
Pieds du cochon, haricots vertes, sauce gribiche
Gnocchi aux herbes à la Niçoise
Saumon aux beurre, petit pois et morilles
Confit de canard aux légumes d'été et sauce moutarde
Porc rôti avec les haricot égrenés fraîche
Blanquette du veal à la moelle
Tarte au citron
Mousse au Chocolat
Selection du sorbets du fruits frais
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