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Cyrus (Healdsburg) -- long, sorry

sgoldband | Jun 13, 200502:10 AM

There's one limited thread on Cyrus in Healdsburg, and we just left a wonderful, wonderful meal there so i thought i'd provide further commentary.

I haven't eaten at the French Laundry, but my parents ate there recently and they were also present at tonight's feast. While I don't think it's replacing TFL, the prices are accordingly lower and it's accordingly more accessible (I think we made our reservations yesterday? we had to eat on the early side but that was fine by us as we were returning to Palo Alto after dinner anyway)

So, first course.. foie gras 3 ways (they charged a little extra for this feature.. well worth it). The best one was a torchon if i remember correctly with a rhubarb/riesling compote thing that was absolutely wonderful. Also included were seared foie gras with cherries and almonds and a third pate style. Also, crab ravioli with creamy sauce and beautiful tiny crab on top.(we loved this course)

before the first course arrived we had, of course, been served excellent bread with two types of sea salt (volcanic light sea salt and Hawaiian pink sea salt) and a lovely little snack of lobster salad and a crab cake-esque bite. Between courses 1 and 2 they brought a lovely spoon full of something but it had pork, which we don't eat, so they promptly brought us chilled asparagus soup which is something i would NEVER order, but was delicious

other ordered items included: duck confit (exceptional crispy skin), seared scallops (cooked PERFECTLY and wonderful even though i had to ask them to hold the integral bacon aspect), billi-bi soup, sea bass, rack of lamb, veal of some sort, aged beef, cheese plate, 3 custards dessert.

the "entrees" (veal, beef, lamb) were by far the least exciting, but still very good. the veal, which came highly recommended by the waitress, was only good although the white asparagus underneath were wonderful.

the cheese choices were excellent.. sticking to 3 off the amazing cart was very difficult and in the end they gave us 5 + the grapes, candied nuts, dates and fig bread. he offered "a sliver" (3) of one extra and my mom talked them into giving us a little of another.

the custards were only eh. one was wonderful, the other two were lacking but then they brought us a little dessert plate at the table that included essentially a bite sized creamsicle, chocolate filled with caramel, apricot candy and a homemade caramel that were lovely, and we were sent home with a box of cookies i haven't touched because i was so full.

all in all we may have over ordered as the bread kept coming and the food was all excellent. the service was very attentive and friendly. There's more bustle, less elegance than TFL according to my parents, but we didn't find it offensive. Needless to say we didn't go for a lot of the extras one might (caviar, champagne, wine pairings etc) but it was still an excellent, excellent meal. well worth it!


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