[REVIEW] Ubuntu Napa Restaurant Review (Closed)
Napa/San Francisco: Part 2
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 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.