Wednesday, December 9, 2009

SACRAMENTO: Grange Restaurant

During our recent visit to Sacramento, a couple with whom we are long-time friends introduced us to Grange Restaurant – and a welcome introduction it was!

Grange Restaurant & Bar is adjacent to The Citizen Hotel at 10th and J Streets and is currently one of the city’s hottest restaurants. It’s easy to see why.

The service was impeccable. We were greeted immediately and, because the other couple had not yet arrived, we were offered a table near the bar where we sipped on cocktails. When our friends entered, the host brought them over, told us a server would move our drinks for us, and showed us all to our dinner table.

While the service was great, Executive Chef Michael Tuohy’s food was the star of the evening.

We started with a house-made charcuterie plate with duck prosciutto, lardo, bresola, mole salami and pickled French prunes accompanied by fresh, crusty bread.

My wife and I enjoyed a salad of raw Brussles sprouts with a brown butter vinaigrette, candied cranberries, and toasted walnuts.

For the entrée, my wife selected pan-roasted Liberty duck breast with whipped sweet potatoes, rapini, and white peach-nectarine preserve while I chose the grilled Niman Ranch ribeye with fingerling potatoes, chanterelles, and smoked onions. The ribeye is cooked sous vide, then seared, resulting in a very tender piece of meat.

Dessert was a tray of assorted cheeses.

We also enjoyed several different wines over the course of the evening. A Trinchero Sauvignon Blanc accompanied the appetizers and salads. We then moved to a J Runquist Sangiovese with the main courses and a J Runquist Primitivo with dessert.

Grange’s wine selection could not have been much better – or more diverse. Full bottles range from as little as $22 for a 2007 Alexander Valley Vineyards Gewürztraminer to $990 for a 2005 Bryant Family Bordeaux Style blend. The overwhelming majority of The Grange’s wines are under $100 a bottle with many available well below that price point.

Given the quality and selection, it came as no surprise to learn that Grange was given a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2009.

Grange is not inexpensive but, if a fine dinner experience is what you’re seeking, it is definitely worth it.

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