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Sona - Saturday Night

WLA | Oct 27, 200309:28 AM

My wife and I dined at Sona for our 17th wedding anniversary on Saturday night. I had read all of the previous posts and we come down firmly on the side of those who had fantastic experience there.

First of all the design of the restaurant is a wonderful understated elegance. Very Japanese/Asian in terms of its spare, refined look. What I would call a sophisticated, adult dining look. The tables, even the two tops are large enough that you don't feel cramped, and the seating is comfortable with enough space between tables too.

The service was excellent. I know that others have said that they were somewhat bothered or bemused by all of the various wait staff that were constantly coming around. Either they have toned that aspect down or we were luck enough to escape it, because what we got was service when we wanted it, but only when we wanted or needed it. Nothing more or less.

My wife had the crab appetizer to start while I had the seared foie gras with figs on a rectangle of amaretto soaked brioche. I have never had such a beautiful piece of foie gras anywhere. I thought about just ordering two more to those to complete the dinner. I know my wife loved her crab and green apple starter because I was never offered even the smallest of taste.

For mains I had the lamb with a tart stuffed with something I can't recall with a mint sauce reduction of cream(?) and my wife had the beef on a marmalade of endive, (sort of a ratatouille) and baby carrots and some other baby root vegetable done rare. Both the mains were delicious and then for dessert she had the peanut butter/chocolate choice and I had the pineapple upside down cake. The desserts are works of art and taste like something you only wish you could duplicate at home. Fat chance, (all pun intended).

Along with two glasses of champagne to start and a glass of the best red wine I have ever had, (and now I wish I could remember what it was called) we staggered out to find our car had already been brought to the front and we were off.

We spoke with David and Michelle, and they are two of the brightest stars in this business in my opinion. Intelligent, warm, energetic and charismatic. I also want to say that Michelle's sister who was managing things was a wonderful presence in the restaurant. She is attractive and has a warm and engaging personality making you feel really welcome. We were invited to pop back and take a look at the controlled chaos in the kitchen before we left. I don't know how they do what they do, but the pace left me breathless.

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