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dinner at Roxanne's

gordon wing | Oct 24, 200307:10 PM

Returned to Roxanne's in Larkspur for dinner after almost a year since our initial visit. They are still putting out some very tasty food and providing very good service. I won't even go into the whole raw food philosophy but they do use mostly local produce that is grown organically and with a nod to sustainable farming practices. That said, I had a an heirloom tomato salad that was incredible - the tomatoes were the most perfectly ripe I've ever encountered in a restaurant - just melted in my mouth and were full of flavor - nice presentation added to the enjoyment. Little piles of pickled red onion and pesto adorned the plate along with drizzles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar - or was it basil oil? and some capers? A tamale with mole sauce - featured a rich, complex mole sauce. The two soups we tasted were very good: a curried (think Indian spices) carrot and a Thai green curry soup were both nicely textured and had layers of flavors. The one dish that was a mild disappointment was the seaweed salad - four different seaweeds from Japan - each on it's own separate plate and each dressed differently....looked intrigueing but I found them a bit stark when compared to some of the other seaweed salads I've had. More of an intellectual appeal than I was up for.
One wouldn't necessarily think of raw food as rich but most of this food is that and well seasoned - this evening we went for the option of an entree and two starters. Found out that we enjoyed the tasting menu route because of the greater variety and smaller tastes. There is an Italian tasting menu for $69 and the deluxe tasting menu for $100. If you're a vegetarian this is something to look forward to - or if you just appreciate food that is well prepared.

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