Dinner at Glen Ellen Inn – April10, 2012 – Sonoma
A half a block from The Chauvet, The Glen Ellen Inn is a martini and oyster bar, but don’t let that fool you, they have so much more to offer. They were unable to accommodate a stay for me, maybe next time, but the food is worth the trip down the street. The interior is so charming, very small but filled with a magical ambiance. Our server Marek was another sparkling star in my evening. With so much personality, but the right amount of expertise to guide me through my meal. It was all one big surprise after surprise with Marek presenting me a variety of excellent fare, all by the chef’s choice.
I had a proper martini, up, 2 olives, no wine pairing, but the martini was spectacular. They have so many wonderful martinis to choose from, I, however am the traditional type when it comes to my martini.
Here’s what I tried:
Scones, they make them fresh and are so wonderful.
Lobster Bisque Soup, packed full of fresh lobster flavor, with an astounding presentation.
Asparagus Soup with dynamic green vegetable essence and just the right amount of cream.
Wicked Awesome Oyster Trio, one raw, one grilled, and one fried. The grilled one was my favorite, but the other two are also not to be missed.
Grilled Romaine Salad, with Caesar dressing, pine nuts, parmesan. With all the action of a Caesar salad; with an added punch of grilled flavor.
Mussels and Garlic Fries, with proscuitto, saffron, dried tomato, white wine sauce. The mussels melt in your mouth, and the fries are wonderful as well.
Petite Filet Mignon, and Tiger Prawns, with tarragon-caper butter, and lyonnaise potatoes. The presentation is piled high, and the steak is very tender. The sauce binds this dish, and the prawns make it work in true surf and turf fashion.
Artichoke and Stilton Cheese Ravioli with saffron tomato cream sauce, very rich and creamy, needs to be split between too people.
That Fabulous Glen Ellen Inn Sundae, French Vanilla Ice cream rolled in crispy toasted coconut in bittersweet caramel sauce. Way yummy and amazing to look as well.
Frozen Meyer Lemon Bavarian trapped in a Chocolate Cage, with sweet pecans and whipped cream. Artistically done, great lemon flavor.
The night I went it was pouring rain, but it just added to the already cozy atmosphere. Rain or shine I would take The Glen Ellen Inn for a spin, and while you’re at it, take those martinis for a test drive as well.
Glen Ellen Inn
Oyster Grill, Martini Bar & Cottages
13670 Arnold Drive
Glen Ellen, Ca 95442
email reservations email@example.com
restaurant reservations 707-996-6409