Thanks to everyone on this board who weighed in on the restaurant! We had a wonderful meal, with some definite highlights. I was with a friend who was willing to share! :
Dungeness crab cake with a lime relish $8
Warm gold beets, goat cheese & fried onions $7
The crabcake was a plump vision of loveliness, and one of the most satisfying I've tasted. Didn't seem to be a lot of filler; just one cake, but the best in show.
The warm gold beets didn't work as well for me, but the fried onions got scarfed down immediately. The goat cheese came in one lump, and probably would have been more flavorful if it was spread throughout the dish. I think I'm more a fan of cold beets vs. warm.
Butternut squash stuffed ravioli in a butternut squash-sage broth and mascaropone $14
Duck confit with a leatherwood honey sauce, chile potatoes and braised fennel $16
The ravioli was sublime, as has been mentioned on this board. I was glad to get a taste of it, but an entire entree might have been too much, since it was really rich.
I'm usually not a fan of duck confit, but it was a windy, cold night, and the dish was a perfect match for the evening. The chile potatoes were addictive; my only reservation was the toughness of the fennel, but at that point I was so full that I could leave it on the plate.
Dessert: chamomile creme brulee (can't remember price)
Hard to believe that we actually topped the meal with dessert, but it was a classic presentation of the dish.
We'd had a few glasses of pinot after our walk on the beach back at Asilomar, so couldn't take advantage of the great markup on bottles. I had a glass of the Barossa Valley Shiraz with the duck, and my friend had a glass of the Leuuwin Semillon-Sauv. Blanc. The shiraz was a bit rough, but maybe I was just lusting after the Kathryn Kennedy, and nothing would have taken its place.
Our waiter helped make the evening perfect....he was there when we needed him, and after each course was delivered, he'd check back with us, but otherwise he was unobtrusive. We were in the front room, and were able to talk without shouting, which also added to the evening.
Thanks for the great recommendation....we really enjoyed the entire experience.