Restaurants & Bars

Nevada City Finest Update

torta basilica | Feb 25, 200202:43 PM

Just flew back yesterday - didn't want to drag the kid to Citronee' & couldn't interest anyone in Panoy Thai in GV, but after searching & searching for parking, ended up at the New Moon Cafe. Had been there for lunch, but never for dinner. They had had a no-show, so gave us a table. Much more upscale inside than outside appears.

We had a lovely dinner - shared excellent olives, dark poppy seed bread & butter still closer to whipped cream than butter (probably my only gripe, but at least we knew it was real!) Shared a mesclun, gorgonzola, candied walnut, pear salad - had some wierd additions like corn & shaved carrots, but it was good. I had the sesame crusted seared hamachi (go figure - last week I'm in Oahu & eat lamb & veal; this week I'm in Nevada City & order hamachi - wierd) Was on a bed of light peanut laced/Thai sauced soba noodles with roasted beet (we all got that). Best dish was Gram's flatiron steak w/ Cab Sav sauce & great potatoes carmelized with onions & garlic - almost black they were roasted so long - yumm! Daughter had excellent Caesar & kid's pasta that I was stealing bites from. Shared a lemon custard w/ melba sauce tarte & really fresh vanilla bean ice cream. Wine list by the glass was a little limited, but waitress talked me into a 2000 Nevada City Chard & it was pretty good - the Nevada City winery seems to have really improved based on my one glass. Had a lot of 1/2 bottles & dessert wines on the list, which was nice. Excellent friendly service & would go back there anytime - Citronee is still my fav, but nice to have another upscale choice.

BTW, I heard the excellent Cirino's Cucina in Grass Valley has been closed due to a divorce - really too bad, as was an excellent deli / cooking classes / etc operation. I still dream about their veggie timbales & pretty hard to find elsewhere! Cirino's in NC still there, but still pretty basic food.

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