On Thursday I headed up to the Napa Valley with a close friend and her family. For lunch we stopped at the Martini House in St. Helena. We ordered a bottle of the cakebread chardonnay and started with the green salad. The salad which was lightly dressed (the way I like) had a wonderful combination of different types of lettuce which was enhanced with several fresh herbs and mint. We decided to order four plates and share them.
Tempura fried calamari a few large rings and tentacles cooked perfectly with a radish salad was non-oily and the radish salad was a refreshing compliment to the calamari.
Crepes filled with braised greens and ricotta served over spring vegetables was good but not the favorite of the table. The two crepes were so thin and crisp they offered a nice contrast in texture to the creamy ricotta and vegetable mixture.
The Steak Hache with potato pancake and mushroom sauce was a bit of a suprise. I didnt'know that steak hache is ground meat (like hamburger). This was a good suprise. The steak had a wonderfule flavor and paired very well with the mushroom mixture and watercress on the side.
The Mahi Mahi which was grilled and served with mushrooms and scallions was good but the sweet sauce became a bit much for me by the second or third bite.
For dessert we finished with the caramel creme brulee that was finished in mere seconds. Rich creamy caramel texture with the burnt sugar.