When: January 12, 2018, 8:40 PM
Verdict? Not recommended
It’s entree time at the Napa Rose.
Napa Rose is such a good restaurant, and does so many things well, that picking an entree can become a paralyzing experience. There’s lamb. Trout. Bison. Duck. Mussels. And each is assembled and presented in such a way to elicit an low-pitched “mmmmmm” from your subconscious.
When faced with overwhelming choice … I tend to go with the standbys. Tonight, that means the Rosemary Grilled Filet Mignon.
The Friendly Cast Member appears, places the dish in front of me, and vanishes. I’m left staring at a beautiful, petite piece of meat, center-stage on a white circular plate, garnished with squash and sitting in the middle of a brown ragu sauce.
It smells exquisite.
This is not a big portion. The filet itself is the size of a small fist. There are just two rings of squash. The chunks of meat in the ragu number about half a dozen. This is a dish that’s going for quality, not quantity.
I take a bite. This is perfectly cooked. I asked for medium-rare, and medium-rare is what I got. The cut of meat is super high-quality, and just melts on the tongue.
Now the bad news: the meat’s under-seasoned (read: needs salt). The squash is just OK. The brown ragu sauce, while pretty to look at, doesn’t do much to enhance the flavor of the dish (and the chunks of meat that come in the ragu are utterly forgettable).
In short: this is a great piece of meat, surrounded by fairly boring sides.
While the steak itself is solid, I can’t recommend this dish. At a $50 price point, and with a portion this petite, the restaurant is clearly aiming at a high-quality, high-flavor target. They didn’t hit it. The only thing going for this dish is the quality of the meat. Everything else needs work. It’s not a good value.