So I took pictures. Because she said I could. Brian and Leah took pictures too. We were those people. Apologies, all around.
So I don't know what to tell you. This meal was amazing. The space was amazing. The wines were incredible. It was a memorable meal, and I think you can garner some idea of the explosions of taste from the pictures. They don't really do it justice, but they'll give you an idea.
We were advised that this was a small plates kind of place, and were encouraged to order generously and share the dishes. We thought that was an excellent idea.
If you had been at the table next to ours this afternoon, here are a few things you might have overheard:
- "This is wrong. This is just dirty and wrong." - Leah (she was being sarcastic)
- "If someone said 'Why eat at a vegetarian restaurant?' I'd put these carrots in front of them and say, 'That's a carrot. BAM!'" - Brian
- "I want to slap this in the face it's so good." - Leah
- "SHUT. UP!" - Leah
- "Hey Sexy, let's hang out." - Brian
- *High Fives* - All Around the Table
When you taste a dish, stare it down and feel compelled to tell it to shut up, that is a very good thing. It should give you some idea of the caliber of this meal. I mean, dessert came out in a jam jar. A JAM JAR!!! How awesome is that?
Very, is the answer to that one.
So here you go. Some snapshots. Be jealous, be very jealous. And the next time you're in Napa, do yourself a favor and book a reservation.
Escabeche of Nantes Carrots, Local Citrus & Marash Chili
Celtuce ala Gringlia with Red Miso and Parmesan - Sardinian Pearl Pasta, Fresh Bergamot, Bitter Greens
Young Roots with their Braised Greens - Ritual Coffee Jus, Spiced Garnet Yam & Cocoa Nibs
Farm Egg 'a la Catalan', Stewed Chickpeas with Sauce Romesco
Yellow Corn Grits, Goat's Milk Ricotta
Meyer Lemon Sorbet Float - Orange Cream Soda, Beet Tapioca, Kieffer Lime Granita
Vanilla Bean 'Cheesecake' in a Jar - Sour Cherry with Verbena, Teeccino Crumble
Thanks again to Rachel, and to Ubuntu. It was the highlight of my week.