Monday, August 17, 2009

TASTE Restaurant

I've been hearing a lot of good things about this restaurant in the Shenandoah valley wine country.
It is located in the little town of Plymouth, on Main St. Plymouth is not exactly a tourist destination like Sutter Creek or Jackson but Main St. is kind of cute with it's old buildings and it is getting to look like quite a little foodie town. There is a building that houses a market and gourmet deli that looks interesting, next time we'll have to go a little earlier to check that out. The Incahoots Pizza is supposed to be very good too. Anyway, driving down Main St. we missed the restaurant the first time through and had to turn around but since Main St. isn't very long we found it. The front door has a huge fork as the handle which was a cute feature. We were a little early but got seated right away. The restaurant is smallish but has a very comfortable atmosphere. The staff there is very friendly and if it's your fist time there they do everything they can to make you feel comfortable and if you've been there before they treat you as an old friend they are happy to see again.
I started with the Mushroom Cigars, a mixture of different mushrooms and herbs with goat cheese wrapped in filo and baked crisp and sitting atop a dollop of mashed potato with what tasted like tuffle oil. It was excellent. Charlie had the Romain salad, which basically was a Caesar. He said it was good. For our entree I had the rack of lamb and Charlie had the NY Steak. I normally order my lamb rare because by the time they bring it out it's about medium rare, but here iaf you order it rare you get it rare. I had to send it back for just a couple more minutes of cooking. It was well worth the wait, it was one of the best lamb dishes I've ever had. Charlie's steak of course was perfectly rare,rare, rare and it was also very good.
Deserts were the Elderberry Mousse for me and the Creme brulee trio for Charlie. The Elderberry Mousse was good but could have had more berry taste. The Creme Brulee flavors were vanilla, lavender, and blackberry (I think). The lavender and the vanilla tasted pretty much the same, the berry one was OK. Deserts were kind of a miss that night but the entrees and appetizers are outstanding. Also since I had to wait for my lamb to be cooked a bit more, our waitress comped one of the deserts. I thought that was really nice of them. After a day of wine tasting up there it's a great way to relax and have a wonderful meal.
Mushroom Cigars- a variety of mushrooms and herbs and goat cheese wrapped in filo dough and baked crisp on bed of mashed potatoes w/truffle oil

Romain Salad w/ white anchovies, piquillo peppers and shaved Parmesan.

New York Steak, warm spinach salad, mitake and clamshell mushrooms, baby vegetables with sauce bernaise

Rack of Lamb w/fava bean hash,cipollini onions,Spanish chorizo sauce, spinach ,green garlic puree Elderberry Mousse

Creme brulee trio

This was one of the best meals I have had in a while.. really good.

Taste Restaurant
9402 Main St.
Plymouth CA
209 245-3463

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you for a nice review Eileen. If I can ever convince my non-spontaneous husband to...nevermind. I'll just make a reservation and we'll go. That's how it will have to happen.

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