Beets and Berries
‘sir prize’ Avocado, Rancho Gordo Quinoa, Pistachio “Soil”
Oxtail, Strawberry Sofrito, Pine Nut, Fennel Pollen
Fresh Prawns from Kauai
Sambal Butter, Anson Mills Grits
White Yam puree, Nasturtium, Vadouvan, Pine Nut-Raisin Relish
Chocolate with Hazelnut Ice Cream
I was originally considering going back to Alma for Valentine’s dinner, but I waited too long and they were booked. Then I considered going back to one of our favorites, Ink. At the end I decided to try somewhere new. Since I had heard good things about Chef Jeremy Fox, formerly of Ubuntu in Napa, being the Executive Chef of Rustic Canyon, I made my reservation. The lighting was on the dark side and I used my camera phone so the pictures turned out just OK. We started with the very popular Beets and Berries. It was an earthy dish consisting of Red Beets, Blackberries, Red Quinoa and Pistachios. I think it would have been even tastier if they added a little citrus juice to brighten the flavors and had more berries. After all it was called Beets and Berries. I asked our waitress if we should get the Ricotta Gnocchi or the Squid Ink Chitarra? She recommended the Gnocchi. It came with Oxtail and Strawberry Sofrito. I am not a big fan of Oxtail and found this dish OK. My husband found the dish a little bland. At that time, I told my husband we should have gone to Ink!! and let’s hope the rest of our dishes are great. Thankfully the best dish of the night was next. It was Fresh Prawns from Kauai. The Sambal Butter was amazing and the Grits completed the dish. We were surprised that we actually got five pieces of Prawns for the reasonable price of $20. For once we got our money’s worth!! The lady next to us had the same dish and told her husband ten times how fabulous that dish was. Our last savory dish was the Seared Scallops. It was seared perfectly and was served with the creamy White Yam puree and Pine Nut-Raisin Relish. It had great flavor from Vadouvan but a little sweet for me because of the Green Raisins. We had stopped earlier at Sweet Rose Creamery for ice cream, but that didn’t stop us from sharing a scoop of the Chocolate with Hazelnut Ice Cream. It was so good and had lot’s of crunchy Hazelnuts and maybe even some caramelized Hazelnuts. I was ready to order a second scoop but we were a little too full. Overall a nice experience and I am glad we gave this place a chance. Service was helpful.