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CIA Greystone Restaurant, St Helena

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CIA Greystone Restaurant, St Helena

Janet | Feb 11, 2008 08:54 AM

We ate at Greystone (CIA) for lunch yesterday. There were four of us and we shared most of the food.

We began with the Temptations: lamb skewers with a spicy chutney, fried cod cakes, pork shank on polenta, salmon on flatbread, and cauliflower soup. The soup was the clear winner and the pork a very close second. Each dish has different flavors each dish was wonderful.

We then had quail on butter/bibb lettuce I have no idea what the dressing was, but it was tasty. Also we had cioppino, butternut squash soup, and French Onion soup with a cheese souffle topping. All great, but the French Onion soup was perfection, sweet and rich and the souffle was amazing.

Entrees were Day scallops, Hanger steak, a fish???. and whole young roasted chicken. The steak was on a cheesy orzo with watercress that had a tomato vingerette, amazing flavors. The other dishes were great also.

Dessert were creme brulee, ice creams. Port poached pear, and lemon polenta cake. The cake was a new experience for us. We would eat it again in a heartbeat.

Service was great. This place is fine dining, but because they have so many tourists; it isn't white cloth dining. We were nicely dressed for a Sunday dinner. Many were in T Shirts and jeans. So anything goes here.

Food, wine, tax and tip was $420 for four people. Not bad.

We had Flowers Charodnay with the meal. It goes fine with fish , chicken, or beef.

There doesn't seen to a link. I will hunt it down and post it later.

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