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Truffula in Tahoe City--Don't miss it, it's closing soon

Fine | Jul 20, 2002 07:10 PM

Will post when I have more time on our 5 meals + one breakfast at North Shore, but wanted to tell everyone about this terrific find (or as good as one visit can predict, anyway).

Feel like a complete idiot for having not found it sooner in its soon-to-end 5 years' existence--lease is up 9/15.

I had Deep Water Maine Shrimp Salad Napoleon with Fried Wontons & Chili Vinaigrette--$10--which was my least favorite, too busy, experimental, and Fusion-y for my taste; delightful Heirloom Tomato Soup with basil oil (the evening's special soup)--$6; beautifully cooked, tasty, generous slices of rare Free Range Montana Elk with Potato Gnocchi (in little, satisfying dabs), Morels, Bacon, & Favas ($26), and a miraculous dessert, Apricot Tasting, consisting of a fabulous strudel, a tart, and an essence of apricot sorbet + a honey tuile. All desserts cost $7.

My companion's 4-course $49 prix-fixe Chef's Tasting featured skate on a cucumber mixture, garnished with little, perfectly cubed veggies (the kind of thing, which, when barely cooked, I often find difficult to ID); yellowtail on long beans, also further garnished; a choice between opakapaka (a Hawaiian fish?) and a lamb chop along with a Merguezlike lamb sausage, garnished with a sort of ratatouille on a delicious corn-dotted risotto cake. Everything was good to delicious except the lamb, which was only pretty good, lacking that desired "snap," and one of the prix fixe garnishes that had a, to me, unnecessary and intrusive dollop of cumin. I especially liked my taste of the tuna--more buttery than butter! Both meat servings were sauced (not just appealingly but courageoulsy in my opinion) with unthickened jus. Dessert choices were from the menu, and the one selected was every kid's dream: Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake with Caramel Sauce & Caramelized Bananas!

Super wine list. Corkage $20, Nice, simple, upstairs dining room, with a view of lake and some outdoor tables.

I could kick myself around the lake not to have discovered this place sooner.

I haven't checked it out but was told it has a web site.

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