Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Erna's Elderberry House - Oakhurst, CA

Fathers Day Dessert


Sometimes you don't "go out to eat', you "go out to dine".  Erna's Elderberry House, known as one of the best restaurants in the US, knows exactly how to deliver the perfect ambiance, service and food experience to allow you to do just that - dine.

Erna, born in Austria has impeccable taste and knows how to spoil her guests in this truly beautiful restaurant. She spared no expense to make her guests feel make you feel like a king, or queen.  Including details like the antique doors she purchased in France and other antique decorations that make the decore truely unique.  Even more importantly the staff is friendly and extraordinarily well trained.

Chef Gunnar Thompson & Pastry Chef Luisito Gonzales delivered a perfect Fathers day Brunch experience in 2012 and I can only recommend this jewel in the Sierra Mountains to anyone that likes to experience a truly remarkable and different dining experience.


Menu Carte

Snow White Peach Frappe
with Cinnamon Froth
(Refreshing and rather surprising start)

Toasted Almond Granola Parfait
Apricot-Poppyseed Yogurt with marinated Plums
(Everything is "home" made)

Local Farm Egg Frittata
Asparagus, Yellow Fin Potatoes, Sweet Corn & Pepper Relish
(These individually poached egg dishes came with a side of spring greens and Prosciutto - perfectly executed and balanced flavors. And yes, it was not "pre-washed" salad out of the bag, which bothers me in most every place)

Seared Filet Tournedos of Durham Ranch Beef
Creamed Spinach with Parmisano Reggiano & Nutmeg
Roasted Small Tomatoes, Cured Fennel & Basil Infused Jus
(The filets literally melted in your mouth - no one asked how you wanted it cooked...there was only one right way - medium rare. The tomatoes where miniature heirlooms and the composition of flavors was executed to perfection.  Of course there was also a fish and a chicken dish, which looked fantastic on our neighbor's tables)

Dessert:

Warm Dark Chocolate Truffle
Riesling Mousseline, Local Berries & Raspberry Sorbet
(Only one word: DELICIOUS)

All of the above came with generously free flowing Rose Champagne or Non Alcohol Sparkling Cider, Coffee/Tea, fresh baked Brioche and Croissant.  

At $60/ person worth every cent and yes, we left very satisfied with quality and quantity.  People that still claim that they are hungry after a 5+ course of a nuvel cuisine menu are either not telling the truth, or should choose Sizzlers instead.


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