We had been away from Napa Rose for too long. When the doors were finally open again in early June, we made reservations and found our way back to one of our favorite restaurants.
We arrived with the glasses of wine we had been sipping in the Hearthstone Lounge, Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Malbec. We were seated without delay in a beautiful, private section of the dining room overlooking the outdoor fire pit. This room is usually reserved for private parties. We were the only ones there.
Our server, Brett, was fantastic. We had never been served by him before, but he and Michael are our two favorites now.
Since we had such a private dining area, we felt it was only appropriate that we dine with The Vintner’s Table, a four-course meal that changes every week, expertly designed by the incredible Andrew Sutton.
Brett explained the menu choices and agreed to bring our new wine order with our second course.
The only odd thing about Napa Rose now is that they do not offer bread service of any kind, free or paid. Seems like an odd way to save money and effort, and it detracts from the overall experience, but not a big deal. In fact, in subsequent visits, I don’t think we missed it.
Artichoke, Pecorino Cheese and Truffle Aioli
Rocky Chicken Fricassee and Summer Vegetables
Beef Pot Roast
Slowly Braised Beef and Zinfandel Blackberry Essence
Sea Salt Affogato
Salted Caramel Semifreddo and Dark Chocolate Espresso Sauce
Baked Artisan Cheese
Fennel-Red Pepper Marmalade
Tinto de Toro, Numanthia, Termes
Toro DO, Spain
As always, the food was delightful. The beef carpaccio melted in our mouths. The “pot pie” was a lighter take on the classic, with plenty of deep flavors. The beef pot roast was a bit heavy following everything else, but just as rich and savory as you would expect. When it came to dessert, we couldn’t decide, so we had both. The cheese was a nice balance to the sweet, but the affogato was definitely the star. You can’t do wrong with salted caramel and dark chocolate especially in the hands of the Napa Rose artisans.
Brett was perfect throughout, helping us when we needed him, chatting a little for some nice interaction, and leaving us to eat our delicious meal when appropriate.
It was so comforting to be back at Napa Rose. It was like coming home to eat here again with the fabulous food of Andrew Sutton, the private, comfortable atmosphere, and the top-notch service.
It was our first time back in a long time, but it wasn’t the last time we ate there. More Napa Rose stories to come as we relive the culinary joy of Napa Rose through photos (starting with Kathy’s pre-dinner selfie, pre-dinner wine at Hearthstone Lounge, the beautiful lobby, and finally, the Vintner’s Table dinner).