Last week I sent out a cry for help so that we could strong arm our out-of-town friends to eat somewhere other than House of Nanking. We ended up taking them to H.V. on the day before they closed.
On Tuesday, my sister and I ate at Bistro Don Giovanni in Napa, sitting outside on the veranda.
The weird thing about our outoftowners is that they ate at House of Nanking FOUR TIMES from Thursday night to Saturday night. When we said we'd like to take them to another place they were VERY disappointed. At that point they'd already had 3 meals at H of N. The guy had even flown out from Texas with his bride (now ex) several years ago JUST TO EAT THERE. Turned out it was closed for vacation or something, so they flew out again later.
Anyway, my husband is not a real dim sum fan. He's had too many greasy, cold, all tastes the same dim sum meals. He really liked HV and so did I. The dishes were fresh and delicious. We came a bit late and so missed some of the selection. We didn't have anything unusual because of our friends' tastes. I did order the steamed layer cake (coconut and mango?) which was delicious.
Bistro Don G: I'd never been here. Always thought it looked as if it wouldn't be very pretty or comfortable, being right next to the highway. WRONG.
Arriving about 5:30 p.m., we sat on the veranda. It had been a hot day, but a breeze came up immediately and it was heaven sitting outside there. Although you can hear the traffic, it isn't a bother. You look out through their gardens (cedars of lebanon, wisteria, a large pool (with a strange sculpture - two parts look like large bales of kapock (sp) mounted on poles)and hills in the distance.
The food was very good. We had prosciutto with delicious melon, I had a roasted whole petrale sole with capers and a lovely salad of watercress and frisee. My sister had Salade Nicoise which was also deelish.
For dessert we shared a mango sorbet and a wonderful peach melba made with homemade gelato, raspberry sauce and a fresh poached peach.
I could have lounged around on their veranda for hours and hours. It's not as noisy as it is inside, either. My sister had her dog and they allow dogs (if well-behaved) on the veranda.
Off to Portland. Tried to get res at New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro, but it was too late. Maybe some day.