Back in July when my in-laws went back home after a two week visit, they left us with $150 for a nice dinner. So I asked on Micechat where the best place to go would be. Almost everyone said to go to Napa Rose. Well, we finally did go Friday evening to celebrate my husband's birthday, and I just wanted to do a mini TR on it since it's a rare occassion to go there (for us anyways).
Many of you told me it was a very fancy place but without pretensions since it's in DLR. You're right! The staff was very friendly and not snobby. It seemed that the clientele were snobbier than the staff. Ladies near us were kind of high maintenance customers, and the staff was very nice and patient with them. You also told me that it's the kind of place where you take a sip and they refill your cup. That was true too!
Well we got there at exactly 5:30 for our 5:30 reservation. They had us sit in a lounge area with big chairs and tables and asked us if we wanted to order our drinks first. Then after about 3 minutes they took us to our table. We got a nice table near the window right by where the Monorail glides by. The place looked great, I loved the art deco/Rennie Mackintosh-style decorations.
I was sort of embarrassed to take too many pictures b/c of the fancy vibe. I regret not getting a picture of the menu because I know that some of the items and prices are different and sometimes higher than the menu listed here
Mainly, the vitners table price is $85 and not $75.
For starters we got the Beach Rock. It was shrimp, chicken, and ribs with a hot rock in the middle and you are supposed to put your meat on the rock and then dip it in a sauce on the side.
For the main course, I had veal medallions with potatoes and peas
and my husband had the filet mingon with veggies.
We also ordered a side of their "mac and cheese" which seemed to have been made with rice pilaf rather than pasta.
For dessert we had the pastry chef's assortment. It was amazing. I couldn't resist tasting the rose in the middle and it tasted like a candy cane. The cobbler or the flourless chocolate cake were probably the best things. The other two items on the plate were strawberry shortcake and cheesecake.
It was all quite gourmet. Everything had smallish servings but after splitting the appetizer (which was protioned for two) I could only eat half of my meal. The next day I heated up the veal with my husband's birthday Mission tortillas. It was a good lunch! Our dinner cost $160, not including the tip. Our prices were the same as the ones on the menu link above, but I noticed the menu didn't have the filet mignon on it. That cost $40. We had one iced tea and one glass of rose wine. Honestly, I've never had a meal that was that expensive, but we had a great time and everything tasted wonderful. The food looked better in person than in the pictures.
Here's the curious part. When our neighbors at the next table left, the waiters started changing the linens. I noticed that they were using ordinary fold-out cheap tables under the fine linens.
So I peeked under our table to see what our table was, we had a large square table, and Stephen and I felt pretty far apart on it.
Our table was a terrible mess covered in painters tape. It was odd for such a ritzy place!!! I made Stephen look under the tablecloth b/c I couldn't believe it. He said my side looked worse. Also our table and our neighbor's table near the window was very wobbly. Ours had something big under it so it wouldn't wobble. I overheard our neighbors complaining to the waiter about how wobbly their table was and he sent someone over to fix it. That was weird. But we were still happy. I'm still suprised at the tables there!
And here's me (with hat-hair):
after our fine dinner!