When: January 12, 2018, 8:40 PM
Tony and Andrea are in town. They’re big Napa Rose fans, so we secured a Friday-night reservation. We meet in the lounge, and are escorted to our table just moments later.
Everyone is starving. Menus are placed in front of us, and the entire party focuses on appetizers and starters. We quickly agree on the first course: Hamachi Tartare.
The dish arrives promptly. It’s gorgeous. The presentation is elegant and exciting. There’s small chunks of fresh hamachi, strands of saffron, fresh avocado, scallions. Forks in hand, we dive in.
This is amazing.
It’s fresh and clean and feels wonderful in the mouth. The chili gives it a slight spice. The mixture of flavors and textures does backflips on the tongue: the fish, the gelatin. The nice variety of vegetables give it a slight garden-y feel. Just well-conceived, well-balanced, and well-executed all around.
At $20, this is not an inexpensive starter – heck, you could get an entire meal (and change back!) at many restaurants in the parks. That said, if you’re in the mood for a wonderful, fresh starter, it’s hard to see how you could go wrong with this.