[REVIEW] Ubuntu Napa Restaurant Review (Closed)

Posted in Restaurant Review on August 19, 2010 at 3:58 PM
[REVIEW] Ubuntu Napa Restaurant Review (Closed)
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Napa/San Francisco: Part 2

 

We stopped for breakfast at Model Bakery. Very Charming little place, with a line up out the door by 9 am. We enjoyed egg, avocado, cheese and Canadian bacon on a freshly baked english muffin and a fresh fruit salad, and fought with ourselves not to indulge in a sampling of their beautiful pastries and cakes. I will say that I'm normally not a english muffin person, but these were very different. Light and thick and surprisingly moist. If I lived in the area, I would be here every day for fresh breads.
 
 

Egg, Canadian bacon, avocado, tomato and cheese sandwich on an english muffin


 

 

 

Made a stop at St Helena Olive Oil Co. since it was just on the corner of the street of our hotel. I knew I was in trouble when I saw an olive oil and vinegar "tasting bar". A complementary glass of port in hand, we spent almost an hour sampling. For those who haven't been, they have a wide variety of oils, including those infused with herbs and other flavours like citrus and jalepeno. They also carry vinegars of all varieties of wine, honey (5 or so types), salts, herbs, and other prepared foods (pestos, sauces, sundried tomatoes, tapenade etc). We decided on a few bottles of balsamic, sparkling wine vinegar, garlic flavoured garlic salt, basil oil, lemon oil, and some lavender bath salts. They are being shipped to us this week and I am so excited to use them.

 

We had a great time at Domaine Carneros

 
 
 
We headed into the downtown Napa, hoping for some cute boutique like shopping etc. We were both really disappointed in a state of the region- closed down storefronts, a large Old Navy, and a kind of dirty little river under the bridge.

We took the opportunity to walk off some of the calories from the previous night and headed on our way to our lunch reservation at Ubuntu. The weather was gorgeous so we sat outside on the back patio, surrounded by flowers and sunlight. We had a really friendly young server and I think we were both relieved to be staring at an all vegetarian healthy sounding menu. We ordered a delicious soup described as:
Clear cantaloupe and sage gazpacho, compressed and blackened melon, rat tail radish, fork crushed avocado, banana nut. The melon was so fresh, the carefully carved balls just bursted with flavour in our mouths. I couldn't imagine a more appropriate dish for a hot sunny Napa day. We also shared the young potatoes with cucumbers, roast/raw,/emulsion/ash served with lady’s slipper, horseradish, ficoide glaciale (whatever that is). Translation? A really great selection of baby new potatoes with home made pickles (of different sorts) and a really good horseradish mustard type dressing. Another light and satisfying dish that left us feeling satiated, but not overly full. As a note, we probably could have had another dish or two as these are small plates, which I didn't really recognize when I read the menu the first time. So even though a dish may read "$14", the server told me they recommend 2-3 per person, depending on which they choose. We definitely ate light considering we had already had a bit of a "snack" with the tasting we did at St. Helena's Olive Oil.

 
 
Clear cantaloupe and sage gazpacho, compressed and blackened melon. Rat tail radish, fork crushed avocado and banana mint
 
 
Young Potatoes with cucumbers , roast/raw/emulsion/ash, lady's slipper, horseradish and ficoide glaciale
 
 
To be continued in San Francisco....
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