This Friday night I took my husband to dinner @ Prima in Walnut Creek. He didnt deserve it, but I needed a designated driver. Nestorius had written favorably about this place a while back. Also, Ruth, Melanie and I had a nice flight and cheese platter there after the Chowhound Shanghai Gourmet lunch several weeks ago.
My driver and I shared a flight of 5 Napa Valley reds--2000 Swanson Merlot, 2000 T-Vine T Meritage, 2000 Amizetta Cabernet, 1999 Judds Hill Cabernet (my favorite), 1999 Paradigm Cabernet (Mr. Chowfishs favorite). The restaurants flight selection is also available for tasting in their wine shop. You can find their schedule on www.primavini.com.
We shared a salad of endive, radicchio, romaine, apple, walnut and Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese. Mr. Chowfish enjoyed his lamb shank braised w/ fennel and artichokes and served w/ soft polenta. The shank was huge and meaty. I liked my risotto w/ English peas, asparagus, leeks and parmigiano reggiano. It was rich; the rice was slightly al dente. The portion was hugeI enjoyed half for lunch the next day. Mr. Chowfish had a pear tart w/ vanilla gelato and coffee. He liked the tart because the kitchen had added little to no extra sugar preventing it from becoming too sweet. I stole the crust, which was great, and the vanilla gelato was very rich. His coffee was very fresh and strong and was served piping hot.
Service was attentive and helpful but not overbearing. We enjoyed the atmosphere although it was a little noisywe were in the same room as the piano bar.
The tab was $100; a third of which was the wine.
We look forward to dining al fresco @ Prima in the summer when theyll open the glass front of the restaurant.
1522 North Main Street