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Nectar Restaurant -Santa Rosa

christinet | Aug 31, 200410:52 PM

Dinner at 3 week old Nectar Restaurant at the Hilton Sonoma County located in Santa Rosa off Fountain Grove on Round Barn Road. Easy parking around hotel. Upon entering, there is a very large lounge area reminiscent of the hippest hotels in New York. Beyond is a gorgeous amber bar lit from within, featuring about 10 beers on tap and lots of cocktail specialities (mojitos, margaritas, martinis). Inside dining room elegant--Outside terrace has view of entire Santa Rosa area and mountains beyond--nice since we were there at sunset. Food is quite ambitious in an "Asia de Cuba" small plates way. But since since this is Santa Rosa, there is plenty atop the large beautiful glass square plates,prices moderate. Had a fantastic cold melon/cucumber soup with creme fraiche on top---very well presented in individual soup tureen and so refreshing given the heat of the day. Less successful was the Butter lettuce Salad ($7)with pears, almonds, bleu cheese and a too overwhelming raspberry vinaigrette. Chef Tai has a way with seafood, signature dish should be the Shrimp with Pearl Couscous ($13?)in a citrus beurre blanc--fantastic juxtaposition of flavors and textures, an updated dish but with knowledgeable classical training in evidence. The seared (4) Scallops ($13?) with Apple/Fennel Slaw also great. Cheese plate ($10) featured good servings of four local Sonoma artisan cheeses (Pt. Reyes Blue, Bellweather Farms San Andreas,Redwood Hill Farms Camellia, Vella Monterey Jack). Desserts range from Pot au Chocolate ($6)to Berry Cobbler ($7) to Creme Brulee Two Ways/Vanilla Bean and Fireplace Chai--didn't try that one, but sounds interesting, doesn't it?($6). Service friendly and professional. Looks like the place is the new after work favorite M-F of adjacent Fountain Grove business park and neighbors. Food and atmosphere are upscale and urban yet with Sonoma country views and tastes of local farm fresh ingredients. Worthwhile, ambitious and notably different from anything else in the Santa Rosa area! P.S. hotel rooms recently renovated/reasonable, with large pool.

Nectar Restaurant at the
Hilton Sonoma County
3555 Round Barn Road
Santa Rosa, CA
707-523-7555 [hotel #]

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