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Sonoma - LaSalette - Portugues: great lunch

c oliver | Jun 19, 2010 11:27 AM

We had lunch here a few days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's on the east side of the plaza down a little shopping "alley." It has indoor and outdoor seating; we chose outside and had the not overpowering scent of star jasmine. A good start. We chose the five item tascas tasting menu. It has about 15 items in that section. We ordered

Serra da Estrella
Sheep's milk cheese, semi soft, pungent

Baby Octopus marinated in balsamic

Whole grain mustard

Home style pork and garlic sausage

Roasted blood sausage

and the
(Muralhas, Luis Pato, Campolargo)

Of the foods, only the octopus was just ho-hum. Nothing bad about it and nothing great,IMO. I can't seem to pick a favorite. They were all really good. I think I read somewhere that the blood sausage is put in the wood oven after slicing. Makes sense as its texture was almost but not quite crumbly (in a good way).

We enjoyed the wine flight and had a full glass of the Campolargo also. They were good, not great, but they were Portuguese and that's the experience we wanted. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone. There are plenty of choices and also daily specials. The men next to us were having pulled pork sandwiches which looked mighty tasty. We missed dining here when we were in Sonoma over Christmas. It will part of our next visit, for sure.

Also Michael Bauer, food editor for the SF Chronicle, just reviewed it also:

452 First Street East, Suite H, Sonoma, CA 95476

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