Glen Ellen Inn Restaurant
Where Food and Wine Are Truly Beautiful Things
It was another rainy evening but that didnt deter The Dining Detectives. We took a short drive from Petaluma and arrived at a lovely restaurant in the historic rustic little town of Glen Ellen famous for a local hero, Jack London. We had heard that The Glen Ellen Inn Restaurant was small but we are pleased to report that since opening 7 years ago, they have expanded to 26 tables. The setting is still extremely intimate with charm that reminds you of a Country Inn.
The setting was lovely and included a beautiful patio and garden, which we were told, was available for Weddings and Private parties. We could envision a Bride and Groom all smiles as they said, "I Do" in this rustic, refined, relaxing and romantic setting. You could feel that this was a place for lovers, which was a compliment to the owners Christian and Karen Bertrand. The Cuisine we were advised was California Fusion, which means that one, enjoys the best California Fresh Vegetables, French techniques and Asian Presentation. A great combination.
We were warmly greeted by Karens wonderful smile and we eased into what would be a magical dining experience. Our waiter, Randy, paced the evening perfectly.
Smoked Salmon Salad, quails eggs & caper-onion compote vinaigrette- The salmon was tasty and the petite quail eggs were a treat
Blood Orange Salad, crumbled blue cheese, pinenuts & orange vinaigrette-
This is a must for a starter!!! The Blood Oranges were delicious.
Bodega Bay Oysters on the Half Shell with jalapeno pepper vinaigrette-
Just add a little squeezed lemon and fabulous flavors abound.
Dungeness Crab Potsticker, with leek cream and soy oil-
This was the largest Potsticker wed ever seen. The crab filling was great and the potsticker was moist and crisp.
Brie in puff pastry, with tomato salsa & garlic toasts-
Excellent presentation included carrots that were thinly cut and small toast surrounding the pastry.
Prince Edward Island Mussels with celery broth, leek and white wine sauce-
This large bowl could have easily been an entrée, the broth was terrific, and we even used our spoons to finish the broth!
Alaskan Halibut with Avocado Butter & Fresh Fruit Salsa
On a bed of wild rice, topped with crunchy tortilla strips- Our fellow diners called it the best fish in the ocean and thats the way it tasted.
Seared Ahi Tuna on Sienna Foie Gras Reduction With vegetable fritters, laced with wasabi- ginger-
Perfectly prepared-crusted on the outside rare on the inside and we enjoyed the wasabi sauce. The vegetable fritter was wonderful! This is our favorite presentation of this popular entrée to date!
Fire Roasted Rack of Sonoma Lamb in Rosemary- Cabernet Reduction
With garlic flan, and vegetable confetti-
This is a large meal; even the heartiest of eaters will be pleased.
Grilled Filet Mignon Stuffed with Caramelized Shallots and Mozzarella
With wild mushroom brandy sauce on mashed potatoes-
Our favorite this night. The meat was as tender as it could be and was cooked medium rare just how we like it.
Wines-The wine list has a good selection of local Napa and Sonoma Vineyards .We noticed a number of full bottles that we could have easily enjoyed but opted for a few wines by the glass.
Our selections this evening included:
Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 98/ Paired well with the Halibut
Hess Select Chardonnay 98/ Paired well with the Ahi Tuna
Ravenswood Zinfandel 97/ Paired well with the Filet Mignon-Great nose, very satisfying
Schug Pinot Noir 97/ Paired well with the Rack of Lamb
Loxton Syrah 97/Tasty on its own
"Life is a piece of cake, old Chum
Well we enjoyed more than just a piece of cake - Our Dessert Platter was a masterpiece both in orgasmic tastes and presentation. The platter was fantastic and included:
Crème Brulee Cheesecake
in a light caramel sauce
Chocolate Conspiracy Cake
Dense, flourless chocolate cake, with a sweet strawberry & sticky port wine reduction
Frozen Lemon Bavarian
Trapped in a cage of chocolate, with cream angaise
White Chocolate Mousse Napoleon
Crisp tuille cookies layered with white chocolate mousse, and fresh spring berry sauce
Warm Cinnamon- Pecan Bread Pudding
With a chocolate lava center, brandy sauce, & pecan dusted French vanilla ice cream
Christian and Karen Bertrand, the owners of The Glen Ellen Inn Restaurant, have created an atmosphere that is special and very sweet. It is for lovers and lovers of fine food. Dining at this Wine Country Restaurant will make you feel like you are out for a special occasion
.. Mainly because you are.