Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Taste Restaurant

Taste on Main Street, Plymouth

Plymouth California is a great little town at the entrance to the Shenandoah Valley where many of the best grapes and wines are produced for the famed Amador County wines. Which brings us to Taste, a fantastic gourmet restaurant that produces the best food in the area and has wonderful wine flights of the local wines that are perfectly paired with the food.
Mushroom Cigars
Started our evening at the bar and the winemaker poured us six flights of great local Italian Barbera each for $10. What a deal. The winemaker poured the wines himself and took the time to explain the history of each wine. It was very interesting to hear and taste the wonderful story of Amador wine.
We then moved to our table which was ready with another set of Barbera wine flights to enjoy with the coming meal. The menu was varied, not your typical small town fare and it was great. Very urban in the small town of Plymouth. Owner/chef Mark Berkner’s dishes are perfectly suited to the wonderful Amador Wines. Our server certainly knew what he was doing and we began with the famed Mushroom Cigars which were made with Oyster, Crimini, Shiitake mushrooms along with fresh herbs and goat cheese wrapped in phyllo dough and baked to a golden brown.
Foie Gras
With Foie Gras being outlawed on July 1st in California, we had to have the chef’s special farewell dish of Foie Gras as an appetizer. Needless to say it was fantastic along with an almond sponge cake, grand marnier black pepper macerated strawberries and balsamic reduction. 
Rack of Lamb
The next course was Grilled Colorado Rack of Lamb with corn, Umbrian farro, arugala and blackberries. The rack of lamb paired with the flavorful Amador Barberas was about as perfect as it could get.
Finally, after all of this savory food, we had a rich Chocolate Honeycomb Cake made with chocolate sponge cake, dark decadent chocolate mousse, honeycomb wafer, salted caramel for dessert. This meal turned out to be one of the best meals we’ve experienced in a while. 
Slick, urban and well worth it. If you have the time and are looking for an outstanding meal, Taste is worth the visit.
Highly Recommended!
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