Beautiful Food…and a Lovely Cup of Tea

We don’t often go for fancy lunches, however, when in the Napa Valley with certain friends of ours, we can’t resist going to one of their “must do lunch” locales. Take a look at these lunch time salads at Etoile, the fine dining restaurant inside the renowned champagne house, Domaine Chandon Winery in Yountville, Ca (Napa Valley).  The food is spectacular, like art .  While each dish is beautiful and delectable, we commented on that fact that each ingredient on the plate had distinct flavor and a distinct purpose for being there.

Their  tea service was “spot on”… restoring my faith in restaurants being able to do tea right.  The china was simple, sleek, and elegant.  Tea tasted so good from those cups.  Whole leaf tea (Mighty Leaf in silk bags) was steeped to order in the kitchen, then diffused into our individual porcelain pots.  The temperature of the tea was perfectly hot.  Simple, elegant, delicious….quality in a cup.

On a gorgeous February day, a gorgeous and delicious lunch finished off with a lovely cup of tea…and a shared dessert we were told we shouldn’t miss (they were right.)

Beautiful food from Etoile...Smoked trout salad, Lamb with poached egg, Roasted Beet and citrus, Excellent tea service, For 35 years Etoile's pastry chef has made this stunning, classic called Millefeuille

Beautiful food from Etoile…Smoked trout salad, Lamb with poached egg, Roasted Beet and citrus, Excellent tea service, For 35 years Etoile’s pastry chef has made this stunning, classic called Millefeuille

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3 Comments

  1. Wow. This is art. The colors are so vivid. The tea had to be perfect with the desert.

  2. Absolutely stunning, what an utter delight for the senses! As you say, pure artwork. I felt faint looking at that dessert…and I love the teacup, it looks as if it’s made from lovely thin white china, chunky but elegant at the same time, not an easy trick to pull off!

  3. I love what you said about each ingredient in the dishes had a purpose. So important. Those presentations are remarkable. To have great tea and tea service along with such dishes certainly must be an outstanding experience.