February 18, 2010

Enotria (Valentines Day)

For "Valentines Day" we luckily had a sitter in town all weekend...thanks Mom!!! So we headed to Sacramento for a date night on Firday as we had church obligations on Saturday and Sunday. We went to Enotria....meaning "land of wine" or "land of untrained vines".  Enotria is located in North Sacramento on Del Paso. Directly across the street from Iceland Skate Rink. If you can get over the slightly shadey neighborhood then you are in for a treat. There is plenty of off street parking in the lot nears their east side and patio, but street parking in front of the door too. Enotria is know for its amazing wine selection and and equally amazing sommelier. I can't give any recommendations, its been years since I drank...but I did overhear that they had some Amador County wines which grow a stones throw from my in-laws.

Anyways... we avoided the Prix Fixe Menu and selected our own combinations from the dinner menu. Service was the best we've EVER had ANYWHERE. Our waiter, our busser, everything. We were the only ones there the first 45 minutes we were there...our drinks constantly full of fresh water. A very, very pleasant experience.

Below you will see that we started of with a "small plate" of Goat Cheese & Potato Gnocchi which was accompanied by sauteed mushrooms, baby spinach and lamb sausage, all floating on top of a silky sun dried tomatoe cream sauce. $9.50

Perfectly cooked pillows of goodness...a slightly tangy sauce. Amazing wild fungi, but safe. SOO good.

Then for our salad course Jesse selected the Enotria Caesar with housemade dressing, marinated white anchovies, fresh herbs, shaved Hirtenkase accompanied with grilled pan rustic. $5.50

Jesse refuses to touch anchovy I ate it with a piece of bread. Yum. I also tried the salad and it was crunchy and perfect. Not too much dressing like most caesars these days.

For my salad I selected the Roasted Beet Salad with mixed greens, herbed goat cheese, candied walnuts and a maple mustard dressing. $6

The roasted beets were amazing and the silky goat cheese. Yum!

For Jesses entree he selected the Mustard Encrusted Lamb Rack served with green lentil and roasted vegetables ragout, baby spinach, demi glace and micro greens. $26

Jesse recently discovered lamb and I looked at menu after menu making sure he had the option wherever we went...this was amazing! Plus I've never had more amazing lentils. Really.

For my entree I selected the Coq au Vin which also had slow braised bacon lardons, roasted pearl onions, wild mushrooms, baby carrots, braised greens and a savory bread pudding. $22

This had amazing flavor, but the bread pudding (stuffing) was a bit gooey and the bird a bit tough. Coq is very hard to cook to perfection, so this was really close.

For dessert its hard to turn down a Hot Chocolate Lava Souffle.
Yeah it was perfect and baked from scratch, to order. Topped with raspberry coulis. Yum.

Can you tell he wanted some???


The Samuel Elmers said...

Great photos! I'm totally drooling!

Note: If you like Italian, try Bravo Pastoria in Roseville. They serve incredible food, AND if you buy a gift certificate from, you can eat for a great price too.

Sara said...

Looks like a lovely dinner! I haven't been to a nice place other than RC in years, not that I am complaining but it would be nice to try something different like we used to.