After a rainy day checking out some of the local pinot noirs in wine country, my friend and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner. Btw, if you are really into Pinots-Archery Summit had by far the best tasting Pinots I have ever had-thier Archery Summit Estate was a wingasmic experience, but for $150 a bottle, alas was too rich for my blood. Even the less expensive bottles were truly wonderful.
Since weve had come inconsistant meals at the Dundee Cafe (had hummas there that was sooo salty, we had to send it back), we opted for Tina's. We checked out their offerings, but the choices left us a bit underwelmed.
We decided to check out Red Hills menu-we both agreed that they had more of what we were looking for.
We started with the bread-it looked a little underdone and dense-but it was so good. More of a home made foccochia-soft and melts in your mouth. Not greasy at all, different, but good.
We ordered the Montrachet in grape leaves with baked garlic and Chicken pate with pistachos. The goat cheese was excellent, the garlic perfectly baked with a flavor neither of us could identify. It also came with calamata, nicoise and green olives with garlic crostini. Really yummy, the service was great, they brought more bread and crostini without asking, which we appreciated. The pate was also very good, but it was a little refined for my taste, I do prefer the pork verison, but overall, very good.
Although they had a very good wine list by the glass, we opted for a bottle of Rex Hill 2000 Pinot. It was good and decently priced.
For our entree, I had the fresh whole trout with hazelnuts and rice, my friend opted for the pork medalions with mushrooms. My trout was huge, very fresh and perfectly cooked, not greasy. The rice that came with it was a real high note, soft and moist cooked with a strong infusion of tarragon and tiny bits of carrot. I was very happy with my choice.
My friends pork was very good, the mushroom sauce (there were chantrelles and black trumpets) was creamy good! It also came with this potato, onion cheese souflee gratin thing-it was really yummy.
We opted for dessert, but probably should have stopped at dinner and gone to the dundee bistro for dessert. The apple brown betty thing was a little too dense for my taste, and not enough ice cream. The cream brulee, expresso torte or Rose petal or lavendar infused ice cream did not really tempt us. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but did not really add to the overall experience.
Our bill came to $105 for two, with a bottle of wine, appitizers main course, a shared dessert and tip. Overall, it was a really good dining experience. My sister and aunt are planning a visit from DC in May and a trip to wine country and Red Hills will be on the list.
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