This Sunday I took my parents to Napa Rose for dinner at the Chef's Counter and had a fabulous time! The food and service were both beyond fabulous! I'll take you guys on a photo journey through the meal...
After being seating and decidingon going with the Chef's tasting menu we were asked about any allergies, dislikes, and strong likes, as well as meat temperature. My only dislike was olives and my mom had only fish. Other than that we let them plan away, only requesting the scallop in lobster lemon sauce that my mom and I both knew we wanted, and the Mac and cheese.
We were then quickly brought our amuse bouche, a little cone with a spicy avocado purée and what appeared to be a salmon poke, with my mom's different, I think it was a coconut purée with beets on top.
My favorite part was we all got something different so we were able to try each others! Our first course I was served a partial plate of the seven sparkling sins (included lemon broiled scallop---my mom's favorite bite of the night!--curried crab taco, citrus cured salmon blini, shrimp wrapped in cucumber with lemon dill creme, and seared ahi nacho), my mom was served the beet salad with cara cara oranges, endive and mizuna with a Meyer lemon vinaigrette and honey goat cheese, and my dad was served the smiling tiger salad. All were phenomenal and we quickly devised a plan to eat 1/3 of the plate and pass, although we often found we ended up with our own plates back in front of us, which speaks well of the chef and his choices for us!
Our second course was the only duplicate plate, which was by request. My mom and I got the Scallop with a lobster, lemon, vanilla sauce and my dad got the sustainable fish of the day which was Ono, I think, with Roasted Golden Cauliflower Couscous and Cranberry-Walnut Pesto.
The third course was my favorite! I got served a mushroom risotto, my mom got the Bellwether Farms Ricotta "Malfatti" with pancetta and rapini fennel puree and my dad got the braised spring rabbit and portobello ragu with an absolutely fantastic sweet potato polenta.
Our meat was our least favorite, mostly because we were already getting full, so we took most of it home, but all were still great! I got New York strip in an adobo sauce over root veggies, my mom had filet over asparagus purée, and my dad had the braised short rib over mashed potatoes. We were also given a full side of Mac and cheese with this course...a tie for my favorite bite of the night with the risotto!
We were given our choice for dessert and my dad got the chocolate pâté, I got the goat cheese cheese cake, and my mom went with the pineapple turnovers. We took bites of each others but all likes our own the best!
It was so fun to watch the activity in the kitchen (and see how different it really is from what you see on tv like Hell's Kitchen!) and ask questions and interact with both the chefs and servers.
I went into the park afterwards and enjoyed fantasmic and fireworks, probably for the last time for a whle since my pass expires next week and it was a magical (get it?) finish to a wonderful evening!
ps...can someone help me figure out how to put the pictures inline? They are only showing up as attachments...