Karen and Lucas Martin run this bustling little rockstar of a restaurant, delivering international flavor through local ingredients and a decidedly French technique. Grazing through most of the appetizers, our group managed to hit the gorgeous grilled Monterey sardines, spicy tuna tartare with sriracha and avocado, salt cod gratin, and the absolutely delectable steamed pork buns with Hoisin sauce, scallions, and Asian slaw. These porky little beauties were so nice we had them twice, accompanied by some bright and sassy Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay.
My favorite single item of the lunch, however, was the outrageously French wild mushroom omelette with green salad. The thing was textbook: pale, tender and juicy egg exterior folded into the classic torpedo shape, barely concealing a cornucopia of earthy wild mushrooms, fines herbes, and gruyère. Pure bliss with the DuMol pinot noir we'd broken into.
|Vive la succulence!|
An omelette and a glass of wine was one of Elizabeth David's favorite dinners, but I think it's just as perfect for lunch. Well done, K&L.