I am going to sound like a broken record but I must repeat that Il Grano is a “must go” restaurant. Chef/Owner Sal Marino is amazing – his attention to detail, his extraordinary ability to get the best ingredients and his gift in that he lets the ingredients shine and not give you overwrought cuisine. We invited good friends to join us for a meal at Il Grano – another meal of amazing company, extraordinary food and unbelievable wine.
Crostini with sautéed shishito peppers, dried bead crumbs, toma cheese
Fried Wakasagi – Japanese smelt – with a sauce reminiscent of guacamole – pepper and smashed avocado
Seared Hokkaido scallop, oscetra caviar, Sequoia cherries, Purple carrrot and coffee sauce
Lobster Catalonia, marinated onions, tomatoes, olive oil, basil
Porcini Mushroom Carpaccio, arugula, sundried tomatoes, parmesan, olive oil
English pea soup, olive oil, edible flowers
BYO Lynch Bages
Home-made pappardelle, peasant ragu
BYO – last red wine!
Rabbit stuffed with artichokes, caramelized onions, rabbit demi glace, edible flowers
Lamb loin, lamb chop, potatoes parmentier (my notes are very sketchy at this point!)
Apricot with amaretto, nectarine peaches with fresh mint, sequoia cherries with white chocolate
What a meal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A+++++++++++++++++++++