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loved auberge du soleil

nancy | Jul 25, 200505:59 PM

I was taken to Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford yesterday but it wouldn't have been my choice based on what I have read on this board (just have a drink to enjoy the view, don't bother with the food). Perhaps the posters haven't been there recently. I fully enjoyed it. Service was excellent and professional. We walked in shortly after 2 p.m. without reservations, asked for a table and were seated immediately inside. We noticed a table outside and asked to be moved, which they did graciously.

We ordered a bottle of Trefethen chardonnay (about $40) and two of us ordered the tomato gazpacho. It was exactly the way I like it, just the juice of flavorful heirloom tomatoes - no green pepper or sharp tasting garlic to take away from the pure tomato flavor. It was garnished with a bit of rock crab and frisee, really pretty. I think it was $8.

For mains, I had the heirloom tomato risotto with asiago cheese and a yuzu emulsion (Japanese style sauce of cream and citrus) served in a ring around the rice. The portion looked small on the plate but it was rich and delicious and I felt stuffed when I was done. $19.

A friend had the scallops, grilled crisp on the outside slightly translucent in the center, served with a foamy herb cream sauce. Also good. That came in appetizer or entree size, $15 and $26.

A third person had the "crispy chicken." Beautifully crisped breast served on a pile of fresh green and wax beans and other vegetables.

We shared one dessert, apricots glazed in balsamic vinegar, with blueberries in a creamy foam and cream cheese sorbet (sorbet with dairy - light but creamy and tangy). $8, I think. As stuffed as I was, I had to taste every element and it was worth it.

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