Archive for July, 2008

Cass House Birthday Dinner

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

For my parent’s birthday we went to the Cass House restaurant in Cayucus – A French-American style restaurant with a daily changing, seasonal menu.  Beautiful location in the North side of downtown Cayucus. There are two dinner options to choose from, 3 courses for $48 or 4 courses for $56.  You can select any of the options within each category.  Sounds confusing, yes, but not really.  Rob selected the soft shell crab brioche appetizer that was dressed with tartar, pancetta, tomato confit and arugula – scrumptious.  His salad selection was the Cass House garden greens (which are grown in the backyard), full of feta, local beets, soft herbs, pine nuts with a meyer lemon vanilla viniagrette.  Third course was wild Northern halibut with forbidden rice which is an heirloom rice that is black when raw and turns purlple when cooked – this was an excellent entree, the halibut was perfectly cooked and delicate and he ate up all that forbidden rice!  Linda split the same salad with sistah Nina and also shared the artisan cheese plate and charcuterie with accompaniments – a fabulous selection of rich, handmade cheese from around the world with fresh fruit, raw nuts, olives & pate.  Linda then enjoyed the fried green tomatoe stack with bacon, mustard greens and aioli.  She finished with the scallops with gnoochi, pea tendrils succotash and lobster beurre fondu – WOW, very flavorful and interesting to boot.

The wine list was quite amazing and very extensive.  Their corkage was reasonable at $14/bottle.  We brought Jack Creek’s ’06 Pinot Noir Reserve which is one of our favorite California styled Pinot’s, Ecluse ’05 Syrah and then ordered their last bottle of 2005 Orin Swift’s The Prisoner.  All were excellent and then some.  They waived the corkage fee for the bottles we brought in since we purchased a bottle as well – more than fair.

This restaurant was classy, we had the table the entire night and the wait staff was very attentive.  Highly recommended.  We’ve actually spent more, for less in the past.