My team and I joined our friend Dean to celebrate his birthday at Lavender Bistro last week for dinner out on the gorgeous patio. It was the first time for several of the team members, so we were happy to introduce them to one of the Valley’s best restaurants, and clearly one of the most beautiful outdoor settings. In fact it’s been voted “Best Romantic Restaurant” and has been going strong for 11 years now.
Dean & Adam started out with the Wild Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil & Chives, while Beverly & Robert started with the Wedge Salad with Baby Organic Lettuce, Point Reyes Bleu Cheese Dressing, Red and Yellow Grape Tomatoes, Chives, Candied Walnuts, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Crispy Crab Fritters.
For our main courses, I had one of my favorites, the Miso Glazed Scottish Salmon with Creme Fraiche Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Micro Salad, Fried Seaweed, Mango Salsa and Lemon Caviar.
Beverly had the Grilled Bistro Prime Flat Iron Steak with a Roasted Peppercorn Seasoning, Cabernet Sauce and Truffle French Fries, while Robert and Ed went with the Grilled Center Cut Black Angus Steak with Fondant Potatoes, Haricot Verts, Caramelized Onion with Blue Cheese and Cabernet Sauce.
Adam enjoyed the Maine Lobster Raviolis with Organic Baby Tomatoes, Roasted Corn, Basil and Lobster Bisque, while Dean had the Petrale Sole with Jasmine Blend Rice, Sautéed Spinach, Baby Heirloom Carrots, Mashed Purple Carrots and Lemon Chive, Caper Beurre Blanc.
For dessert, we managed to control ourselves and shared a Lemon Tart and some nice Port.
Whether it’s just for Happy Hour or a formal dinner inside or out, Lavender doesn’t disappoint. Featuring several different musicians, there is entertainment nightly.
From Sheri Dettman
In Dining Around The Desert