For our first dinner in Napa, we decided to go to Michelin award winning La Toque at the Westin near DT: We were very happy we did.
I ordered the five course meal ($130) w/ wine pairing ($70). You have you choice from a number of dishes, including a couple like foie gras and caviar w/ an upcharge. I opted for the skate, tempura fried alaskan halibut, duck breast and Hawaiian swordfish. For dessert, I selected the fine cheeses.
To start, we were given a complimentary amuse bouche. Like the name indicates (mouth teaser), it was a great way to wake up your palate: 5 Stars.
My skate was paired with a Austrian light white wine. The chef thought this dish out well, as the morels & fava beans were good accompaniments to this first dish: 5 Stars.
Secondarily, the halibut, pickled ramp & shaved celery root was excellent, and was paired w/ a French chardonnay. The light batter of the fresh halibut paired nicely w/ this old skool chardonnay. The wine was not buttery like we are accustomed to American chardonnays. The latter would have ruined the fish: 5 Stars.
Thirdly, the aged duck breast, spring onions, and beets paired w/ a Sonoma pinot noir was genius. The duck breast had some crispy skin, and the combo had my taste buds scintillating: 5+++++ Stars.
My last main, the swordfish w/ baby spinach was paired w/ a Spanish garnacha wine. The course went well together. However, the fish seemed a little overdone for my taste: 4 Stars.
Lastly, the fine cheeses w/ walnut currant toast was a great way to end the meal. I did not do a wine pairing w/ dessert, and opted to save some of my wine from the prior course - I had plenty to drink - LOL. The toast was slightly warm, and went well w/ the soft cows milk cheese, the pungent cheese, and the sheeps milk cheese. I was in cheese heaven: 5 Stars.
The service from Maria, the sommelier, and the rest of the team was fantastic. Maria was very knowledgable about the menu, and was able to field all the questions we had. Likewise, the sommelier was very informative about the wines and why they paired well with each dish - He was spot on! Lastly, the remainder of the team were attentive and friendly: 5+++++ Stars.
Regarding the ambiance, its very nice in La Toque. There are square tables, booths and a couple of round tables by the fireplace. We opted for the latter. You can see the kitchen from our table, as well as the remainder of the spacious restaurant. The ceilings are high so even though others were talking loudly, we could carry on a convo: 5 Stars.
La Toque is well deserving of its Michelin star. The chef is creative and pairs the food well w/ accompaniments. The sommelier is very knowledgable, and the wait staff is excellent.
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