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- Sent SoviMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Jun 06, 2013
Very cute from the street! This place is a hidden gem where great foodies and wine lovers hang. Walking down into the wine tasting room and bumping into old friends made this one of the best experiences in Saratoga!Recommended for:
- Sent SoviMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11May 02, 2013
The restaurant was beautiful set on 4 tables with about 40 diners, many of whom knew each other from past events. We sat with Khin Khin, the Chef's beautiful Burmese wife, who occasionally helps out in the front room and back office, being a CPA by training and profession prior to this restaurant.
There was a mixing hour with a couple of wines available for all guests, both white and red, and Hors D'oeuvres platters offered, which included mini butter lettuce wraps filled with delectable morsels of flavor, heirloom cherry tomatoes served in serving spoons topped with a creamy mixture, and mini toasts topped with roasted pork balls. (see pics) All were delicious but were only meant to warm our nibblers for the dinner.
After a welcome speech from the Chef, some introductions, and explanations of the event and the prizes to be awarded for the wine brought by all, we started to dine sitting at our name-marked seats under soft lighting and gentle candlelight.
First was an Acorn Squash Soup with Braised Fennel, which was thick, creamy and delicious. Of course their popular, warm heated bread was served individually to all who desired it, with great, professional service for this occasion.
This was leisurely followed by a juicy and decadent Bacon Confit with Slow Cooked Roots and Roasted Grapes. The sweetness of the grapes countered the richness of the tender, thick bacon textured with the roots.
The main dish was a Beef Shank and Porcini Mushroom "Wellington" en croute, which was tender beef inside a crispy dough pastry with flavor storing mushrooms waiting to find a stomach to fill.
The dessert, again at a very deliberate pace to allow maximum wine tasting and guest interactions, was a Baked Heirloom Apple and Blue Cheese Crisp, topped with ice cream.
We had the opportunity to taste many fellow diners' wines, as many Magnums were brought, and even a huge Jerboam. The winner was a 2000 French Bordeaux, an excellent wine in a great year.
The conversation was wonderful with other guests, and getting to know Chef Sloan and his wife was a pleasure, as they are funny and great people. Having a chance to experience this special event with the celebrity bi-coastal Michelin diner, Amanda B, was also a great treat, and I thank her for the opportunity.
There are many who have given Sent Sovi mixed reviews for various reasons. But this special event, intimate and friendly with the talented Chef Slone and his gracious Khin Khin, with great food and service, and the presence of many wonderful diners and the beautiful and fun loving Amanda B, made this a 5 star dining experience for me.
Chef Slone was born in SF and raised in Palo Alto. He purchased this restaurant from David Kinch, now of Manresa in Los Gatos, in 2002. The restaurant is just a few doors down from the Plumed Horse, another fine restaurant. Sent Sovi is in a house, so it isn't large, and their is no Valet parking, although you could use Plumed Horse's, or there are public lots nearby and some spaces on the street.
- Sent SoviMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Feb 04, 2014
My last experience at Sent Sovi was a Valentine's Day dinner. This time around, I finally get to sample their regular menu.
Two different occasions, with surprisingly similar impression.
Food was good, but lacked a little of something that makes it great. Comparing with other prix fixe multi-course dinner at this caliber and price range, I could only consider this a fairly mediocre meal.
Really want me to get into more details? Here you go....
I like the tomato puff "amuse bouche". The "bread" has a lovely cube shape and was served warm and crisp. "Smoked tuna" appetizer wasn't that memorable. "Scallop" appetizer was probably the best dish out of everything I have tried that night. "Roasted beets" salad had just a little too much oil that gave it an overly slimy texture. "Wedge salad" was quite pleasant and refreshing. Both entrees were average. "Rack of lamb" (special of the day) had decent texture but the flavors did not stand out. "Stretched quail" tasted fine with the sauce but the boney bird was too small with very little meat to go around. The parsnip purée almost took over the entire entree. I enjoyed the "granita" with the frozen grapes. It was just a bit too icy.
And then there came the desserts.... 45 minutes later... A mistake on their part in which they were very apologetic and remedied with some sparkling wine. Great service. Unfortunately, I still have to say the desserts were not good at all. The cakes... pistachio, almond... were just too modest and too ordinary.
I love the intimate ambiance and the attentive service. The food, just needs to be a little better.
- Sent SoviMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Feb 11, 2014
I have to admit that I don't frequent this area as much so when the opportunity to check this place out I jumped at it. It really is a cozy spot where you can be really intimate with each other, other patrons and the staff... more or less. The candles cast an orange glow all about the room reflected from the copper wall plating.
I opted for the three course versus the daily special hanger steak. The following were just more appealing to my palate at the time. Overall the food, wine flight, final wine, and dessert were great.
Torchon of Sonoma Foie Gras "Brulee" with Various Preparations of Quince---- I do like foie gras. ;D
Harissa-Rubbed Lamb Ribeye with Vadouvan Browned Cauliflower, Huckleberry "Jelly" and French Green Lentil Ragout---- I do love lamb. ;D
Trio of Coffee--Espresso Crème Brulée, Latte Semi Freddo, and Mocha Shot---- Who doesn't like creme brulee? ;D
Big Basin Vineyards "Rattlesnake Rock"--Santa Cruz Mountains '04
---- at a table of non wine drinkers.... this was thoroughly enjoyed. XD
I can't imagine why, but perhaps it was due to the spirit of the holiday season but they also handed everyone gift certificates to return. Since everyone was from out of town I now have a handful of small reasons to return....
minus one star probably because I'm biased due to my jaded history of going to small venues with large groups, but I hope to soon remedy that by going back in a much smaller group...
party of two anyone?