Tuesday, January 15, 2008


I spent part of the holidays in Napa, so I had to try one of the fine dining restaurants in Yountville. We joined the early Saturday night dinner service at Redd. The dining is a modern and warmed with cherry wood paneling. The service was professional, efficient though not particularly warm. The table was provided some bread and very good butter. Unfortunately the bread seemed a bit stale, though it may have just been the fact that it was served slightly below room temperature.

Out of a party of six, three of us wanted to order the tasting menu, but alas, the server informed us that restaurant's policy is that the entire table must order the tasting menu. So we opted for a variety of dishes:
Diver Scallops, Tasting of Foie Gras, Butternut Squash Soup, Glazed Pork Belly, Autumn Salad, Duck Breast, Prime New York Steak and Chicken.

I was surprised by the size of the main dishes, the duck, steak and chicken were servings big enough for two. It has been too long for me to comment on the details of each, but all of them were of high quality. None of them were particularly unusual or made an special impression on me. Of the three, I would order the duck again.

The standouts for me were the
Diver Scallops, the Glazed Pork Belly and the desserts. I wish I could remember more of the dinner, but my general impression was that the meal was fine though I'd like to try other places in Yountville before coming back.

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