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Thanksgiving at Charles Nob Hill

Wendy Lai | Nov 28, 200308:42 AM

Of course it's too late for this year, but here is some thoughts for you all next year.
My family (five of us) went to CNH last night for dinner.
The price was $80 a person for four courses. You get a choice of entree and dessert, while the two starters are set.
Here was the line up.
Delicata squash puree with carelized Nantucket bay scallops and maple scented creme fraiche.
Lobster and chestnut ravioli with sauteed brussels sprouts and black truffle vinaigrette.
Choice of
Herb roasted Sonoma turkey with all the fixings, grass-fed Napa Valley beef with red wine braised short ribs, poato gnocchi and fall vegetable, Shooting Star Ranch venison wih sauteed fennel, Seabass with fall vegetable and sweet pie pumpkin filled with a vegetable melange.
French buttter pear sobret and ginger cookie for a pallete cleanser.
Choice of
Valrhona chocolate torte, lady apple spice cake or chestnut bread udding.

A wine pairing for the four courses was available for $50.

For a set menu and mass produced it wasn't bad at all. The soup was nice and delicate. A very creamy squash soup was poured over a few very flavorful carmalized bay scallops. A dollop of creme fraiche floated on the top.
The ravoli was very tasty, with the exception of being too dry. The filling was nice with lobster and chestnut, the pasta outside was great, chewy and al dente, but the whole thing didn't come with any sauce. Sure the waiter said there was a black truffle vinaigrette, but we didn't see any. This dish could have been a perfect ten had it came with some sort of sauce.
With the five of us, we each ordered one of the entree. It was great to see the whole array of their Thanksgiving offering. I had the beef and had a taste of the turkey and the venison. I would say the venison was the most flavorful and unusual, while my beef was second best. The turkey was well, a turkey...(I think my Alice Water turkey is way better!) On the side everyone was served tradition Thanksgiving sides, mash potatos, stuffing, sweet potato puree, cranberry sauce and some baby green beans. I liked all the sides, except for the cranberry sauce, way to sour, I think they didn't put any sugar in :P
All three desserts were ordered at our table. I had a taste of all and found all three to be acceptable. I wouldn't say they are so good that when you have a bite you want to swoon. The presentation was good, the taste wasn't bad, but overall nothing to knock my socks off.
My husband had the wine pairing which he found to be right on the money. He said every wine went so well with all his dishes. At a 2 oz pouring, it was a great deal.

The total bill for the five of us came to $500.64. Would I have spend less had I made my usual Thanksgiving feast? Sure, but then I would have to slave in the kitchen for three days and clean up for the whole night. Maybe next year I'll go back to my kitchen but this year I was glad for the break and a change of pace.

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