Let me start by saying that it has been a very long time since I have looked at a menu and couldn't decide which items to order...because *so many* looked both unusual and delicous!
The Prix Fixe did not appeal to me, so I asked the waiter if I could put together my own, as it were. He said that would be no problem.
We started with martinis, which were well-prepared.
A bottle of Toad Hollow Chardonnay 2004 (unoaked) accompanied the first three courses. $29. It was an excellent pairing.
(By the way, our waiter was wonderful. He had each course split (at no extra charge), and the platings for each course were beautifully done.)
Sauteed Hand Harvested Diver Scallops with a Sauce of Lemon & Lobster, accented with Fresh Vanilla (garnished with waffle-fried potato chips) $16.
This was very tasty. The scallops were perfectly cooked--seared on each side to a golden brown, but soft as butter inside. The sauce was delicate and lovely, and the lobster (tiny amount) was sweet and succulent.
Honey Roasted Organic Peaches stuffed with Laura Chenel Sonoma Goat Cheese and a Salad of Baby Spinach, Candied Pecans, and Maple-Lacquered Veal Bacon. $13
Seems so simple, but this combination of flavors was divine! This was our favorite course. (Anyone know where I can buy veal bacon?)
Baja California White Shrimp wrapped with Applewood Smoked Bacon on a Summer Vegetable Risotto and Fresh Tomato Essence. $30
This course was beautiful and tasty. The risotto was nicely prepared, but the shrimp seemed a little tough/overcooked to me. The accompanying sauce needed a bit more sweetness to cut the prominently salty flavor.
We each had a glass of Marcellina Cabernet 1999 with the last course. Wow, what a wonderful wine!!!
Angus Beef Short Rib Braised in a mild Chipotle-Blackberry Essence with Sweet Brentwood Farms Summer Corn Risotto. $29
This was melt-in-your-mouth tender with a wonderful flavor that matched perfectly with our wine. . The risotto was okay--needed something.
Mascarpone Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries & Strawberry Sorbet. Creamy, fresh-tasting, delicous.
Chocolate Flourless Cake with a Chocolate Malt Sauce and Tuile with Chocolate Malt Ice Cream. (Only had 1 bite. Good.)
In Sum, a great meal with perfect service. And, $220 all-inclusive, this was a great value.