After seeing the Cirque Des Amis show (which was fabulous entertainment) we finally got to try The Vintage Steakhouse. This place came highly recommened from our local sommelier (Brett Engelmann) who has been helping us with our first wine-making venture.
We had a 5:00pm reservation and were promptly seated. The decor is very elegant, looks like places I've visited in the wine country. I was first impressed with the fact that the water that was poured was Evian, with no extra charge. You don't see that too often, there's usually a charge for that.
The menu offered many very interesting items, we decided on the Escargot served on mushrooms caps with champagne and a garlic sauce for the appetizer. Very good, I haven't found Escargot on too many local menus.
Now, the wine list is extremely impressive, pages of wine and even the gtg lists was a couple of pages long. I would love to see this place be evaluated for the wine list here.
I decided on a glass of the Paraiso Pinot Noir 2001 from the Santa Lucia Highlands. There were two other optons and the server let us taste all three. One was a Rodney Strong, which I didn't care for too much. The wine glasses are Riedel and the wine was poured in an appropriate glass. (Yes!) The wine was very fragrant, with tastes of plum, cherry, baking spice and sandalwood. I also detected some blackberry, dark chocolate, vanilla and black pepper. After the wine was finished, I just had to keep sniffing the glass it was wonderful wine. I'll have to have this for our cellar.
The entrees were the lemon chicken (I tried to convice DH to have the quail which sounded excellent) and I had the halibut. The portions are actually quite large and very, very good. Served with sides of Yukon Gold potatoes and steamed asparagus that was prepared just right. Other entrees also sounded very good, and there was lots of lobster going around that night. Next time we will try the steak and lobster and I have to try their crabcakes.
Service throughout the meal was very attentive, the server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the wine and the food for being such a young (21) guy. Enjoyed our time with him very much. For dessert, we shared the Chocolate Pyramid which was a single bean chocolate mousse with dark chocolate filing and marcicaiba chocolate sauce. Very, very good.
We also shared a spinach salad after our app that was very good with goat cheese, candied walnuts and a raspberry viniagrette dressing. The entire dinner last over two hours and when we left, every table was filled on a Sun. night.
They do take reservations, www.chukchansigold.com which I would highly recommend. I loved this place and will definitely return. I wish they were open for lunch, but only dinner. The Vintage Steakhouse is a fine dining option in this area for anyone going to the resort or heading up to Bass Lake or Yosemite for vacation. Cheers! ***kim***