On our way to the table, we passed a large wine barrel. Bonita explained that this was essentially the house wine ... but it was so much more than a simple house wine. This Cooper's Hawk Red is a delightful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah with aromas of raspberry, black cherry, blackberry, tobacco, vanilla bean, and cracked pepper. This wine had a fruity nose and great legs. After a sample for each of us, Bonita brought a carafe of this elixir along with a loaf of superb pretzel bread and a tub of creamy butter.
We decided to share an appetizer, the Asian Pork Belly Tostadas, a heavenly creation with scallions, sesame seeds, cilantro, radish, and sweet chili BBQ sauce.
Each person in our party chose different entrees. We will start with the Gnocchi Carbonara with pancetta, chicken, sage, and peas languishing in a Parmesan garlic cream sauce.
Gnocchi has been a traditional type of Italian pasta probably of Middle Eastern origin since Roman times. If the ancient Romans ate like this then they were certainly well fed. The carbonara sauce was light and flavorful, the chicken was plentiful, and the dumplings were perfectly al dente.
Dana's Parmesan Crusted Chicken with tomato basil relish, lemon butter, mashed potatoes, and garlic green beans was another lunch time treasure.
The chicken was cooked to perfection and had a delightful crunch from the Parmesan, the potatoes were creamy, and the green beans were neither too hard or overcooked - a simple yet sophisticated dish.
As good as everything was up to this point, I have saved the very best for last - the orgasmically (figuratively speaking) good The Prime, a slow roasted prime rib sandwich with seasoned mayo, house made steak jus, and a little tub of horseradish cream. The diner has a choice of a side. I requested the excellent Asian Soy Cole Slaw.
There is no doubt in my mind that this sliced beef was truly prime. It was so tender and juicy it could have been nothing else. The au jus was perfection. The horseradish cream was tangy but really not needed. Dip the sandwich in the jus and moan with pleasure. I did!
A dessert was not needed, but Bonita tempted us with the decadent Reese's Ice Cream Cookie. This warm chocolate chip cookie was baked with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and served with vanilla ice cream.