L’Auberge de Sedona

March 25, 2007

lauberge-de-sedona-011.JPGOn March 20, 2007, Connie, Jerry, Linda and I dined at L’Auberge de Sedona (www.lauberge.com,) the restaurant of a hotel and spa built in 1983 along Oak Creek under uptown Sedona. In nice weather one can eat on a terrace by the creek. There was a little amuse-gueule of thick, salty vichyssoise. As we had already had our aperitifs at Connie and Jerry’s, we ordered a bottle of 2002 Barnett “Sleepy Hollow” Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. It was delicious and we had a second bottle as we progressed. The restaurant has an enormous wine list and wine cellar. It regularly wins The Wine Spectator awards, which I regard as a dubious honor. There were seven choices for the first course and nine for the main course. One could also choose a tasting menu for $85, or $140 with wine pairings. 

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Linda started with the seared foie gras with rye French toast and orange gastrique 

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Jerry started with the French bean salad with white asparagus and pine nuts; he thought it was good once he eaten past the salty layer on top.

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Connie began with the mesclun salad with candied walnuts and pecorino. (left)

I started with the beef tartare with German potato salad, which was really a carpaccio of quickly seared filet mignon. (right)

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Linda continued with the pheasant with wild rice, patty pan squash and braised red cabbage; she said the pheasant lacked the desired gamey flavor and the wild rice was so undercooked she could not eat it. 

 

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Connie declared her Coriander-crusted Ahi tuna to be the best she has ever had. It was served with “forbidden rice” and baby carrots. 

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Jerry had the Hawaiian Walu, bulgher, fennel and bok choy; he thought that the fish was bland, but it worked in combination with the vegetables.  

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I enjoyed the Colorado lamb rack with bacon spätzle and root vegetables. 

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We did not have dessert or coffee. The dining room was nice and quiet. At 8:00 we had been among the last to arrive. The bill was a little over $100 each. The cuisine was inconsistent, and frequently too salty, the service was a bit slow; but the ambience was nice. I don’t know if one can do better in Sedona. 

One Response to “L’Auberge de Sedona”

  1. jerry vance Says:

    you got it right on michael thanks again for the great time.


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