We decided to treat ourselves to a night out, not worrying about $$ or any expectations. Why not eat at the newest restaurant in the valley? We did, and loved it.
The Martini House is gorgeous. The minute we walked towards the front, we knew something interesting was ahead. It had been raining on & off so the evening air was crisp and the restaurant "glowed".
We were seated immediately after pleasant greetings by all. You are made to feel welcome and at ease. We had this great table right in front of the fireplace. It was a cush Victorian loveseat with beautiful tapestry pillows to lean against and an oblong marble table with Reidel glassware. Wow. The wine list took us 20 minutes to read through. It is extremely informative, with wines listed in every order & title imaginable.
The Sommelier was available to assist as soon as we looked up from the book. She is very charming and helpful. We settled on a glass of Reverdy Sancerre & Roussanne. With dinner, we had a bottle of '99 St.Joseph "Offerus". Perfect Syrah.
For dinner we started with the Handkerchief Pasta with Braised Wild Mushrooms and a beautiful plate of Grilled Treviso with Goat Cheese. Both perfect.
Entree's were an awesome Crispy Skin Salmon Fillet over Savoy-sour Cabbage. We also had Seared Mahi-Mahi with Creamed Spinach & Saffron Poached Mussels. Both excellent. Not one thing could be improved on. Todd Humphries is on the mark and this early in the game, he's a genius. It's so difficult to orchestrate perfection from a new kitchen & staff. He did it.
Dessert was a scrumptious persimmon Pudding and a beautifully composed Cheese Plate (you select 3 out of 6 or more). I could go on & on in detail but just really wanted to share the jest of a wonderful dining experience. Lastly, Michael Ouellette is one the most charming hosts you will ever encounter in a dining room. He manages to stop by each table to inquire of ones' needs, thoughts or share a story or two. He's
well known, well liked and deserving of success.
Pat Kuleto's design is pure art. He is a master.
Between the opening of Copia and now the Martini House, this valley is launching into a new venue of quality verses quantity (no more Italian Restaurants, pleezzzzz!)
Enjoy! And come see for yourself, don't take my word for it! Reservations recommended.
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