June 6, 2008: The Seaweed Cafe has closed but a new (and probably good) restaurant has opened in its place, Terrapin Creek (no website yet). Look for Seaweed Cafe to return some place else in Sonoma County within a year.
Dinner: Thursday to Sunday
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday
There are not many dining choices in Bodega Bay. Our top pick is the Seawood Cafe. This is a restaurant that really cares about the sustainability and localness of food.
Amuse: Purple potato half with crème fraiche and wasabi tobiko caviar
Black mission fig stuffed with sundried tomato
Salty sweet - really interesting combo.
Joanne: Trio of soup:Gazpacho, Chilled Cucumber & Corn Chowder
The gazpacho is strained. Tomato, bell pepper and onions with a sharp spicy wash on the finish. Nose is running.
Cucumber: Creamy and acidic with a spicy finish. Peppery and slightly vinegary.
Corn: White corn is really good. Not too heavy. (Order a bowl next time! - Jack)
Monkfish Osso Buco
Monkfish wrapped in bacon with bay leaves between bacon and fish. Red onions, pitted (probably house cured black olives) roasted yellow tomatoes, chanterelles. Polenta which accompanied was too dry.
Jack: Scallop stuffed Squash blossom
A lot of tarragon. Scallop mousse steamed in the blossom. Fishy finish. Jack liked a lot.
Skate wing pan fried with Chanterelles and potatoes
Jack hated the skate. So I switched entrees with him. It wasn’t there was anything wrong with the fish - it just wasn’t to his taste. It was served with fingerlings, chanterelles and julienned fennel - fennel was tough and woody. The chanterelles were great.
Salmon Tartare with capers and wasabi cream topped with wasabi tobiko and quail egg and a side of seaweed salad
Good - but a lot for one person - and you must like wasabi to order this dish.
Dessert & Cheese:
We didn’t have the cheese course but inquired about it. The selections were local - Andante, Redwood Hill, Bellwether and Cowgirl Creamery.
We had a Victoria Chocolate Tart and an Almond Tart to go.
Both desserts were good. The pastry was a little tougher than I would wish for. Nice presentation!
A small list, but very local (Sonoma Coast) list - fits in here, too.
2002 Radio CoteauLa Neblina Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Sweet soft, round, pleasant creaminess. How will it age? Has some acids. A very nice wine. 3+
2002 Wild Hog Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Herbal, Balanced. Good wine-by-the-glass value! Peppery finish. Good acids.
You may notice that we do not give out a lot of praise. Having been to so many high-quality restaurants, it's pretty tough to impress us.
Most of our reviews are based on just one visit. We neither have the time nor the money (or often, the inclination) to visit most restaurants multiple times. So, please keep in mind that a single-visit review is a snapshot - the restaurant may be "on it" that day - or not. If the meal has a calamity involved (foreign objects in the food, wine poured on us, etc.) we try not to let it shade the overall review.
We pay for the food and beverages; restaurants never comp us. We try to be discreet about taking photos so that the staff doesn't notice/get an idea we're going to do a review. We rarely take notes in the restaurant.
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