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Ondine Dining Experience

Bob Savelli | May 2, 2002 12:29 PM

We arrived a bit early and were seated at a center window table with a view of a passing pod of whales. We opened up with a split of Vieux Cliquot champagne. I had Oregon Littleneck (I think that's what the waiter called them) oysters on the half shell with champagne mignonette. The restaurant was virtually empty with only two other tables out of 25 filled. Personally, I rather enjoy a hustling, bustling establishment, but that's my personal preference. They then brough us a complimentary taste of black trumpet mushroom puree with a truffled/creme fraiche drizzle. Ann and I each had a butter lettuce, grilled radicchio and endive salad with warm pancetta, aged sherry vinaigrette, toasted hazlenuts and shaved parmigiano-reggiano cheese. I had Farm raised Sturgeon wrapped in pancetta and sage, black quinoa and watercress. Ann had Nebraska Corn fed Filet Mignon encrusted with black trumpet mushrooms over leek & potato puree. For dessert I had the lavender creme brulee with caramel tuile, madeline and fresh berries. I had snuck over to the restaraunt earlier in the day and gave them a surprise gift for my wife. Our waiter brought out with her coffee and a plate with a few sweets that had Happy Anniversary written on the plate in chocolate. Then he brought out her present and I'm not sure if she thought it was from them or me, but she then realized the 14k gold watch was from me. I thought she was going to cry she was so surprised, so to make a long story short, I guess I'm out of the doghouse to start our second 20 years of marriage. Great view, very good to excellent food and service and a wonderfully romantic evening. May not be Gary Danko, Masas, etc. but quite nice.

PS: Downstairs is a California cusine restaurant called the Horizons (the old Trident) that will be serving Mother's Day brunch and also will have a great view and possibly outside drinks and/or dining. Worth a look if a view and Sausalito appeal to your Moms.

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