Tinhorn Creek Winery/Miradoro Restaurant

I am so excited to tell you all about this Restaurant.  http://www.tinhorn.com/  Firstly, the view is breathtaking and every seat has a view of the valley with its many orchards, vineyards, and mountains surrounding. That being said, the staff are professional without being stuffy and the dinner commences.

We were celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary last night and this is what we ordered.

Don had the clams and chorizo sausage in a tomato based sauce topped with shaved fennel. He said it was  the very best he had ever tasted.  Kept saying it….truly pleased with his choice.

I, on the other hand, ordered the marinated beet and  hazelnut salad – mint, pea shoots, ricotta cheese and the presentation was beautiful. The salad was perfect and I chose the Pinot Gris (on my own, I might add) and they suggested the very same wine. Aha!!

Now the second course:  Braised Lamb Ragout with “little ears” pasta. He says he never knew lamb could be so tender. The serving was more than generous and he thought he made the better choice. I, again, ordered something different. I had the forno  roasted chicken with crisp polenta (never had before but truly nice pairing to the chicken), grilled asparagus, beets, baby half carrot with partial stem. The chicken was perfectly sliced and melted in your mouth. WOW!

Now comes the finale to a perfect meal, can they keep this up?  Don ordered the locally produced Camembert cheese plate with crispy sesame rectangles and powdered almonds. He all but licked the plate. I ordered the hazelnut cake with pistachio ice cream and  candied pistachio “candies” sitting in a (for lack of a better description) “honey-like sauce. It was just a hint but boy was it tasty.

We had a great waiter, Justin. This young man has a wonderful sense of humor. Just ask him about the lady who wanted a full cup of coffee. Too funny!

Well worth it. If you are in the neighborhood, be sure to go there. We sure will again.

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