First off, these food experiences were from three separate trips. I've already posted a little bit about the Carthay in another post, but I'll go into more detail here. I realized, though, that most of my pictures from my most recent trip were all from Club 33, so it made more sense to do a food report than a complete trip report. Also, I have a ton of photos from the Napa Rose Chef's Counter which I have never documented here.
I'll start with the Napa Rose, since that was the first of the three trips. We went in March for my guy's birthday, so I treated him to a nice dinner and a unique experience. The food was great. If you have never eaten at the Napa Rose and are able to, I highly recommend it. The regular dining experience there is wonderful, but for a true foodie experience, sit at the Chef's Counter. Here is what our "table" looked like:
We ordered wine from our waiter, but were too enthralled by the show going on in front of us to pick dinner from the menu.
At one point, Sous Chef Alex came up to us and started chatting. He asked if we'd ordered yet, and when we said we hadn't, he proceeded to discuss the menu with us and took our orders himself. I had heard that, when sitting at the Chef's Counter, it's an option to ask them to create something for you. I was totally planning on doing that until I saw the filet mignon being prepared. Once I saw it, I had to have that.
While we were waiting for our dinners and watching meals being prepared for a large party, the waiter brought us a complimentary appetizer. I'm not sure if this was because we were dining at the Chef's Counter or for some other reason, but it was tasty. Also, since we didn't order it from the menu, I never was clear what exactly it was.
Long before we were bored with watching the food prep, our dinners arrived. Mine was the Pan Roasted Filet Mignon, which came with roasted parsnips and white cheddar fritter.
Dave had the sustainable fish (I think it was a bass variety?) with "laughing bird shrimp" and potato gnocchi in a lemony basil broth.
The meals were amazing. So tasty. And though we probably should have been over-stuffed, we managed to find room for dessert. As with the appetizer, I'm not entirely sure what these were. I know that mine was similar to an apple betty, but I don't remember what it was called.
The blooming tea was a nice touch. I had expected a selection of tea bags, but this was lovely (and tasted better). Dave ordered dessert, but neither of us saw them preparing the special birthday plate...
Neither of us have any recollection what his dessert was, other than cute. I think we'd hit food coma by that point.
We weren't the only ones to hit our limit on that day. The Napa Rose - due in part to the large party I mentioned earlier - broke a record on the number of people served that day. It was no surprise to us... the staff barely stopped moving the entire time!
Chef Gloria and Sous Chef Alex prep plates
All in all, it was an amazing experience... but it's only the first of three great meals in this report! Back shortly with the rest.