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Sonoma Square Saturday

Randy Salenfriend | Feb 4, 200206:30 PM

We had a terrific dinner at The Girl & The Fig on Saturday night. Kathleen & I met our friends Gail & Ron.

3 of the 4 ordered the veal chop, a beauty of a chop with a Flinstone's style bone. Redolent of rosemary, perfectly grilled and tres juicy. Came with very rich but scrumptious potato gratin and some fresh kale.

We shared a cheese/fruit plate for the table but this was the one clunker. Not bad, just not enough cheese. Three small pieces, with some dried cherries, candied pistachios, fuji or gala apple slices and some dried apricots. I thought of the cheese plate at the picnic and sighed wistfully.

Kathleen & I shared a mussels dish that was fabulous. Succulent, tender, juicy mussels in a pernod sauce with garlic and fennel. Not one unopened shell and each mussel was stellar, not a hint of mushiness nor bitterness. Wanted to try the crab cakes but there was only so much room.

This restaurant has an excellent wine concept from which others could learn- wine flights. We opted for one white and one red. For those who don't know this already, the restaurant only features Rhone varietals, not a Cab, Zin or Chardonnay to be found. The white flight consisted of a Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne and a non-descript "blend". The McDowell Marsanne was the hands down winner IMHO. The red flight was composed of a Perrin Cotes Du Rhone, uhhh, memory fading here, umm, Cinsault, Mouvedre, Syrah and Carignane. The Unti Syrah garnered much praise.

Dessert was a most unusual fig and port ice cream that was bracing and satisfying. Gail got the profiteroles which were decadent but Ron got the Chocolate Pot De Creme which redefined decadent. Tab for all that with tip was $240.00, not cheap but a lot of good stuff on the table. The place was packed, showing no sign of any economic downturn. I would definitely go back and can offer an unqualified recommendation.

Forgot to mention service. Professional, unobtrusive, no attitude.

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