It was our anniversary last night, and we decided to go to Woodward's Garden on the spur-of-the-moment, when my chef wife decided that she'd cooked enough for the day.
We started off with two appetizers:
1. Smoked trout bruschetta with romesco sauce of roasted red peppers, hazelnuts and chipotle chilies (copied description from their website). This was really yummy. The trout was mild, and the sauce was delcious. The bruschetta was on a layer of wild arugula, and garnished with roasted hazelnuts. The bread seemed fried, which was a nice touch, making it extra-crispy.
2. Roasted new potatos with caviar, on leaves of endive, with creme fraiche. These were delicious too, although I have to admit that I couldn't taste the caviar too much (it was Californian). The endive was so fresh that it was fuzzy!
For our main courses, we had:
1. Pork chop with roasted plum sauce and homemade cornbread. This was out-of-this-world good. My wife thought it was a bit too sweet, but I loved it. The cornbread was crispy on the outside, and covered in browned cornbread crumbs and bits of roasted corn nibs. There was also some rainbow chard in there to cut the guilt.
2. Risotto with spinach, asparagus, and fava beans. This was great, but needed a bit of salt (they have shakers at the table). It was less creamy than your average riosotto, and had many more greens, beans, and asparagus pieces. Personally, I liked it this way, as risotto is often too heavy for me.
We had all this with a bottle of White Burgundy, which was really nice (I can't remember the label).
We skipped dessert, since my wife gave me a box of Recchiuti chocolates.
It was a bit depressing to see that there were so many empty tables at Woodward's Garden. They have gotten a bit screwed by all the construction around there - maybe people don't think of going down to that area these days. I guess for now, I'll know that if we want a great meal without a reservation, WG is a good choice.