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Mushroom soup with crema and green sauce @ Cafe Saint Rose


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Mushroom soup with crema and green sauce @ Cafe Saint Rose

Melanie Wong | Oct 17, 2006 06:08 AM

Today I took advantage of 70+ degree weather for a brief lunch pitstop at a sidewalk table at Cafe Saint Rose in Santa Rosa. Open a month now, some of the obvious changes are addition of raised stools for counter seating and squeezing in a four-top inside. The selection of small plates at the top of the menu has turned over completely and is much different from what's listed on the website currently. The selection of bocadillos is about the same. I had hoped that the servings on the small plate/snack/salad section would become more petite at lower prices encouraging ordering two items for lunch. But it seems that the prices have crept up so that they range from $6 to $9 now in that category.

I had time for just one bite anyway and picked the mushroom soup with crema and green sauce, $6. Lucky me, as this knocked my socks off. This started off with a rich, oodles-of-mushrooms base, then took it over the top with the peppy green sauce, and brought it home to the nest with the thick, tart crema. That condiment deserves a much catchier name to match the exotic aromas and exciting flavors. Mint, cilantro, basil, garlic, peanuts, lime . . . and so much more than green to zing the palate.

Can't recommend the Thai ice tea, too weak.

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