When: January 12, 2018, 8:40 PM
Verdict? Not recommended
A strong side dish can make a good meal great. It can provide that extra something, that “oomph”, that push, that takes something perfectly fine and elevates it into something terrific.
We’re at the Napa Rose. Entrees have been ordered. Both are meat dishes. We’re in in the mood for a side. Something vegetable-oriented would be ideal.
We spy the Braised Greens. Excellent.
The greens come in a circular metal dish. They smell …. wonderful. We spy kale and other green, leafy wonderfulness. Garlic. Croutons. And some pepper or chili slides.
We spoon some greens around the table, and everyone digs in.
My initial reaction is very, very positive. The vegetables are sauteed perfectly. They’re accompanied by a vinegar-ish sauce that brings out their flavor. The croutons add a nice texture and flavor counterpoint. I start to smile.
Subsequent bites, however, bring down the score. The greens are surprisingly one-note. The flavors start to flatten and become monotonous. At the end, everything has a real “eat your vegetables” feel to it.
I wanted to like this, but it doesn’t have staying power. The promise of a good side simply didn’t materialize. We’ve had other, excellent sides at Napa Rose, such as the Truffled “Mac & Cheese”. Go with that. Skip this.