The Restaurant at Meadowood ***
The amazing Napa Valley. Have heard about it so much, seen breathtaking pictures. It's a scenic ride, so be prepared to take stops and catch all that beauty.
When leaving San Francisco you'll have a different panoramic view to the city.
It seems that no matter what time of year it is Napa Valley has a buzz.
Unfortunately we didn't get a table to The French Laundry *** where we also wanted to go, but it's hard case. It really is hard to get a table for two in there. But we had a chance to take a short walk at their culinary garden.
There's so many vinerys in Napa Valley, for the ones who don't drink wine, it's different.... You can have wine tasting tours from vinery to vinery, you can also play golf, take horse ride etc. We found a beautiful castle Castello di Amorosa.
More info from www.castellodiamorosa.com
We started our drive too late, because when we got there, they were closing. But we still had a chance to look around the castle and walk nearby.
It's getting dark and we head back to St Helena. Mhm, there's a town with my name. We still have some time before dinner at Meadowood and decide to take a walk. It seems like no one lives there. It's fair to say that all shops are closed at 6 pm. There's only a couple of shops that are open, a grocery store and a souvenire shop, but that's it. We are left with window shopping. There are some real estate agencies. Our way of window shopping. And we have fun with it, discussing whether we would like to own the properties on display or not.
Napa Valley, California
Executive Chef Chrisopher Kostow
There's not many chefs who has a degree in philosophy. He has worked under Daniel Patterson at Elizabeth Daniel and Daniel Humm at Campton Place Restaurant. After what he accepted his first executive position at Chez TJ in Mountain View. The Restaurant at Meadowood he has been since 2008. At that time the restaurant had two stars, whitch he held and earned the third star in 2010 (guide 2011).
It's a place that leaves you kind of speachless with its wine country-chic interior reminding you of a mountain log.
Dinner reservations are accommodated Tuesday through Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Options are a Tasting Menu in the dining room each evening. Alternatively, a Counter Menu in the kitchen.
We had the tasting menu in the dining room.
- okra flower oyster okra seed caviar
- eel smoked over cabernet staves beef tongue
- braised cucumber rye dried albacore
- roasted gwen avocado walnut oil
- fremented potato caviar nasturtium
- sunflower pasta spot prawn chantarelle
- halibut fremented squash
- sturgeon foie gras cabbage chestnut
- poussin cooked in our corn, shelling beans
- beef smoked in dry onion tops
- lily bulb sorbet candied petals
- eggplant foster
- preserved cherries our chocolate
- walnutpan black apple
It is the New Napa cuisine and it's on your plate full of promises. These promises are kept and exceeded. It's elegant, balanced and refined.
His philosophy reflects on the plate. Simplicity of the dishes with minimalist presentation and yet technical complexity.