add me to the list of people raving about noca.
i took a friend last nite for their 35 dollar 3 course prix fix - sunday suppers as a thank you for a recent vacay. it was better than good - it was great!!
the amuse was delish - melon and mint oil, with neutral poprocks. wow - the fresh summer flavors with the poprocks literally made the dish pop in my mouth -it was fun and refreshing. we were all giggly and loving it - elliot told us they were just having fun in the kitchen. it showed thru the whole meal - every dish had a wit about it, we were attended to by a full staff of cheerful, capable help who were all smiling and enjoying themselves. it was hard no to glow.
we added the crudo for 12 bucks each. i got the fluke, my friend the big eye tuna, and it was so fresh i swear it swam to noca. we were not surprised to find its the same purveyor used at sea saw, the quality was outstanding, and the flavors were savory, punchy, and melted in your mouth.
oh yeah - they have 2 bottles of wine for 20 bucks during the sunday suppers, and we chose the red. they switched out for us to a luzon red - an organic vineyard from spain. it was fantastic and i'd love to find this in the valley. i believe it was the monastrell - crisp, balanced, well rounded.
our salads were next. crisp greens, tart goat cheese that i wish i had right now, and a wonderful vinagrette
then the hangar steak for both - amazing!!! perfect crust with great salt *i'm a weirdo about salt - i probably have about 15 different kinds at home ;) my new obsession is iranian blue sea salt but thats for another thread ;)*, wonderful baby mushrooms, and fingerling potatoes shaved paper thin - original, crispy, addictive!! the haricot verts were also great and perfectly cooked.
we got a bowl of pink cotton candy, which was really fun and tasty. like i said - eating here is fun, and it certainly was. we grinned ourselves to death all thru dinner ;)
for dessert, the vahlrona chocolate brownie with fudge topping and spanish peanuts, quenelle of marscapone ice cream was thick, dense, sweet, and the perfect ender to the meal. we ordered cappuccino's, and they were served in adorable insulated glass cups that look sculptural. its worth getting a coffee drink just to see them ;)
or so we thought - we got adorable wedges of chocolate chip cookies as take away treats to eat in the car on the drive home with our check. i loved it!! how thoughtful to have a take away snack!!!! not that we needed it, we certainly had more than enough to eat!!
all total - 136 and change, which we thought was a great deal for the prix fix, plus our crudo's, bottle of wine, cappuccino's and complimentary amuse, cotton candy, and cookie takeaways.
the food was delish, but beyond that, it was just FUN - the entire staff seemed so happy to be there, and it just radiated to the crowd. we lingered, we laughed, and we loved it.
congrats elliot - we'll be back :)