Fine Dining with a Great San Francisco Bay View
At The Claremont Resort & Spa!
It was a beautiful summer evening and The Dining Detectives were high above the San Francisco Bay in the Berkeley Hills. We were pleased to have the opportunity to enjoy Jordans at The Claremont. The Claremont Hotel & Spa is nestled in the hills and was built in 1915. Originally an escape for San Franciscans, it has become a World Class Spa that attracts visitors from around the world. The elegance and charm of this architecturally pleasing castle-like structure was the preview to our fine dining experience at their signature restaurant, Jordans. We had dined at Jordans once before and enjoyed it very much. Our friends enjoyed Brunch the previous Sunday and were equally impressed.
Chef de Cuisine Laurrence Jackson has created a menu that emphasizes California Cuisine with Pacific Rim Influence. Using only the freshest local Northern California ingredients such as Napa Cheeses, Monterey Prawns, Sonoma lamb and San Joaquin fruits and vegetables is the key to pleasing their discerning diners. Jordans has achieved an AAA Four Star Diamond Award .and we were about to see why. We started in the bar and enjoyed one of our favorite cocktails, Vitamin V which was also Herb Caens favorite consisting of Stoli on the rocks in a wine glass with a slice of orange. We were escorted to our table which afforded us a fantastic view and Jose our server came to our table, told us about the specials and offered us the Wine List. We ordered some wines by the glass and proceeded to enjoy the panoramic Bay View with the fantastic Palm Trees and flowers on the grounds of the resort. We knew we were in for a treat when the warm fresh bread arrived. It was now time to eat and here is some of the cuisine that we tried and highly recommend.
Jordans Spicy Crab Cake- Carrot, Daikon & Orange Salad with Sweet & Sour Chile Vinaigrette- Almost all crab which is unheard of these days and absolutely fantastic!! This was the Best Crab Cake we have ever eaten!
Shrimp Martini- Peppered Mango, Papaya Cucumber, Tamarind, Black Pepper Jus-.The spicy prawns were complimented by the mango and papaya sweetness.
Sansho Pepper & Wasabi Crusted Tuna- Soba Noodles, Grated Daikon, Ginger, Tempura Sauce, Pickled Vegetables. This was also a terrific starter, fresh and tasty with a super crust.
Spinach Salad-Duck Confit, Baby Tomatoes, Red Onion, Feta Cheese, Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette. This was a fantastic salad with the Duck Confit.
Soup of the Day- Asparagus Puree with Smoked Salmon- Excellent, great consistency and superior flavors.
Roasted Rack of Lamb-Pesto Risotto, Baby Vegetables, Roasted Garlic Thyme Jus. As big Rack of Lamb fans, we were totally pleased from the presentation to the perfect preparation to the succulent taste of this Sonoma Lamb.
New Zealand Seabass- Black Rice Tatsoi, Mango, Hot Mustard, Cilantro Vinaigrette. This entrée had a wonderful texture and was perfectly prepared. Sweeter than your average fish and very enjoyable!
Grilled Filet of Beef- Wilted Watercress, Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Crispy Onions, Tarragon Herb Mustard. What a taste sensation, tender Filet, great Lobster mashed potatoes with super crispy onions garnishing the top.
Desserts- Pastry Chefs Dessert Sampler
We couldnt choose so we opted to have it all.
Crème Brulee with Tuile Cookie.
Lemon Tartlette with Fresh Fruit Salsa and Mixed Berry Coulis.
Chocolate Obsession- Milk Chocolate Pol de Crème, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Chocolate Caramel Swirl Ice Cream & Nut Brittle, Trio Of Fruit Sorbets with Marinated Berries.
The Claremont Bread Pudding served warm with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream & Whiskey Sauce .All of them were fantastic and this was a great way to sample some truly tasty treats.
Wines- Jordans boasts a fantastic wine list with options that will please everyone from the light drinkers/tasters with half glasses and half bottles to the connoisseur who would enjoy the multiple years of wines such as Opus One. We enjoyed a Raymond Chardonnay, Monterrey 1999, Honig Sauvignon Blanc 2000, B V Carneros Chardonnay, and B V Cabernet Sauvignon.
Coffee, Tea & After Dinner Drinks-We enjoyed Warres 1985 Port,
Tea Ginger Twist and Espresso as a perfect ending to a fantastic dining experience.
Jordans is a Fine Dining Experience, from the classic dining room with Les Fleur Chandeliers, to the friendly professional service, to the fabulous San Francisco Bay View and the flavors of the fantastic cuisine. Options abound including a three course Discovery Menu Dinner or a four course Prix Fixe Dinner or choose Lifestyle Cuisine which reflect healthier choices. José our server was very personable and professional and quite helpful with our choices. We look forward to bringing friends and relatives to enjoy Jordans as we did!