Spoonbar, Healdsburg CA
Our latest trip to Sonoma brought us to the lovely town of Healdsburg. A nice stroll through this historic town offers too many choices for a wonderful wine country meal. However we were very attracted to Spoonbar.
Walking past Spoonbar on a summer evening with the walls open, you can not help but to want to step inside. The decor is so sophisticated and airy. The tables and overhead sculpture are made from a re-claimed acacia tree, and all pieces are from the same tree! The bar is absolutely irresistible and features locally-grown garnishes that line the bar.
We discovered that the food was as fresh and vibrant as Spoonbar's unique atmosphere. We started with oysters of course. The night we dined, they offered 2 styles, Beausoleil, and Fried Marin Miyagi. We ordered three of each. The Beausoleil offered a smoked Champagne mignonette, shallots, cucumber with oysters from New Brunswick. The Marin Miyagi consisted of creamed arugula, prosciutto chip with fried oysters from near by Tomalas Bay.
Next up was the Ahi Tuna Tartare. This dish was an artistic collaboration of seared ahi tuna, Hass avocado, cantaloupe coulis, cucumber, jalapeno, mint, fried quinoa, spicy aioli and black rice chips.
We rounded out the shared plates with the house made pasta dish, Rich Egg Tagliatelle. The pasta sauce was a combination of veal sugo, basil and parmesan cheese.
Each dish offered a modern presentation on artful custom plates made by Jered Nelson, a local potter.
I ordered a bottle of 2015 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay, Chalk Hill AVA to pair with the dishes which by the way scored 93 points in Wine Spectator. Chalk Hill is in Healdsburg, so we made it a priority to visit the estate the next day and if you find yourself in the area, do not miss the opportunity to wine taste at Chalk Hill.
Chalk Hill Estate
Desert was pure heaven. Dark Chocolate + Hazelnut Mousse featuring crispy milk, espresso espuma and candied hazelnuts. The combination was full of texture and flavor.
As for the service, simply wonderful. Aside from the personal service our waiter gave us a wine map of the immediate area and even took the time to circle the wineries that he felt we might enjoy in this AVA.