I selected Café Beaujolais for a birthday dinner for my wife. Let me say that a “fine dining / white table cloth” dinner in the Mendocino / Ft Bragg area is not something that one should expect to easily find. But Café Beaujolais fit the bill. I was apprehensive after reading some of the other reviews. My experience however left little to criticize negatively about. So let’s start with the one very minor negative. The service could have been a little more attentive particularly at the end of our meal. On the night we dined, there was one server for the entire restaurant. Because it was a slow season and the diners were well spaced out with their reservations, one server was not a problem. But towards the end of the evening, our server slipped up a bit.
This did not detract from the overall excellent experience. The dining room itself was comfortable, nicely decorated and spacious. Everything we had was well prepared from fresh local ingredients. For a main course we had sturgeon; a fish that I am not too familiar with. It was excellently prepared and properly cooked. We were told that sturgeon is mild and so is presented with a sauce. I cringed thinking that the sauce would dominate. Much to my surprise then the sauce was a light, flavorful sauce that did not mask, but rather complimented, the flavor of the fish. Both appetizers that we had were similarly excellent. But noteworthy was the Blackberry Cobbler. Made with obviously ripe, tasty blackberries with what seemed like granola as the crisp, this was an outstanding dish that was sweetened enough to only take away the overly tart impact of blackberries. But a berry cobbler this was: all fruit, little or no thickening and only enough sugar (or was it honey?) to leave all the berry flavor intact. In fact was any sweetening added? I did not ask.
And the coffee was rich, flavorful and without any bitterness. A wonderful way to end the fine meal.
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