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Friday
Oct162009

The edK at the Eldorado Hotel in Sonoma

Off the Vine stopped by Chef Justin Everett’s “farm driven” El Dorado Kitchen (the edK) on the plaza in Sonoma for a spot of lunch. The restaurant is quite handsome with a sort of wine country meets urban chic vibe.

Starting things off was a wonderful and well prepared Rillette of Ham Hock served with a pickled red onion and black pepper marmalade. The marmalade was a revelation, with sweetness balanced by a warm pepper-pot of yummy goodness. The dish was served with toasted baguette and a soft herb brioche roll with butter. The dish paired well with a rich glass of unfined and unfiltered 2006 10 Rows Pinot Noir from the Carneros AVA.

The Sunny-side up Farm Egg Pizza with tavern ham and mozzarella was a good concept, and well presented, but fell a bit short on the execution. The crust could have used a bit more fire, and the flavors were a little flat despite the quality of the ingredients. All in all, a great place to enjoy a fine meal in Sonoma.

El Dorado Kitchen
405 First St. West
Sonoma, Ca
(707) 996-3030


otv rating (0 to 20)

food: 16
service: 15
vibe: 15
$$$ 

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