Yowsa. I'm a couple of pounds heavier and still in a Food Coma, but wooooh god did I eat like a queen last night.
Place: Sona, 9:30 PM
Myself + 1 guest
Ambiance - B+
Service - B+
Food (Taste) - A
Food (Presentation) - A+
Wine/Drinks - A
Price - N/A (I didn't see the tab)
Overall Experience - A
The restaurant is minimalist, dimly lit, and very cozy. We scored a comfy corner table with a great view - the coloring is grayscale with a warm orange glow - not exactly eye candy, but it allowed the food to be center stage, and I loved it.
The service was great, but there were just TOO many people tending to us, it got to be a bit overwhelming never seeing the same face twice.
The exception - our sommelier - he was charming, helpful, and friendly.
My companion and I both had the 6 course tasting menu, and were pleasantly surprised to find that most courses were different for the both of us, so in total, we basically sampled 10+ different dishes - heaven! Let's see if I can list them:
Drink 1 - Glass of Rose Champagne: a-maz-ing.
Drink 2 - 1/2 bottle of a Loure Valley white (pinot): fantastic, crisp, creamy, perfect
Bread - 2 delightful, petite bread offerings - one a wheat-based round roll and one a cheesy, foccacia style morsel - made even better by butter that was sprinkled with a fascinating and lively pepper. Mmmmmm.
Course 1 - Split plate including smoked tofu, eel, heirloom tomatoes, and a carrot slaw: elegant and vibrant, the perfect dish to wake-up my taste buds.
Course 2 - I had big eye tuna sashimi with kelp: the tuna was fanastic and buttery.
He had fluke sashimi on an heirloom beet: so very subtle and mouth-watering, unlike any sashimi I've ever tasted, loved it.
Course 3 - I had bacon wrapped poached halibut on a soft, creamy risotto with walnut oil and pesto: as good as it sounds, the bacon/halibut combo matched absolutely perfectly.
He had pan-fried red snapper on bed of fantastic little beans and veggies - so good!
Wine 2 - 1/2 bottle of a very funky French pinot noir that didn't sit right with me until the meat arrive - very much a matched/pairing wine and not a sipper, but once we had meat to match the gaminess of the wine, life was gooood. (Sorry I didn't get the wine specifics - my date was in charge :) )
Course 4 - I had tandoori chicken breast squares with THE most amazing sauce: the texture was out of this world, and I HATE chicken.
He had foi gras on pickled peaches - a match made in heaven.
Course 5 - I had beef tenderloin cubes with braised short ribs on cream corn and potato puree - the highlight of the menu, it almost made me squeal.
He had venison and vegetables - a very complex dish, the only one of the evening, but still perfectly matched.
Drink 3 - raspberry grappa - best I've ever had.
Desserts (they actually served us 3 different mini-desserts):
1 - Tomato and raspberry tart with cinnamon ice cream - hands down the yummiest ice cream I've ever had, it was soooo creamy.
2 - I had a chocolate banana combo with mint ice cream, also heavenly - strong chocolate flavor with a carmelized banana - you can't go wrong there.
He had vanilla ice cream with a frangelico sauce that essentially turned into soup - mild and comforting.
3 - A selection of 5 tiny cookies: macaroon, chocolate meltaway, blondie brownie, chocolate fudge bite, and a jelly-based square: all so tiny but SO divine.
This was one of those ultra-special evenings - not a special occassion, but the restaurant experience made it one. Unforgettable. Get thee to Sona - worth every penny (though I don't know the sum total because I didn't pay - see how perfect it was? :) )
Happy Eatz -