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The menu of The Painted Lady reads like a work of art. Still, if you're looking for recommendations, here are our suggestions on the best things to order:
1. The tasting menu. The chef’s seven-course tasting menu truly spotlights the creative spirit of chef Allen Routt. The imaginative presentation and sublime flavors shine with each course. The ingredient-driven menu changes weekly, but a recent fall menu featured Oregon shrimp cannoli with cucumber, avocado and pine nuts, a glazed breast of pheasant with house made ravioli, baby beets and figs, and seared diver scallop with cauliflower, grapes, golden raisins and almonds. An equally refined and inventive vegetarian tasting menu is also available.
2. The potato gnocchi. Chef Allen Routt’s potato gnocchi is one of his signature dishes at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant. When we were there, the gnocchi was served with a wild mushroom ragu. Light and delicate, with an earthy essence from the wild mushrooms, this gnocchi would make any Italian grandmother proud.
3. The wine pairings. Discover a taste of place with the local wine pairings — four wines thoughtfully matched with five courses. The night we were there, the venison Carpaccio and arugula salad was paired with the 2008 Argyle Brut. Another memorable pairing was the slow roasted King Salmon with wild mushrooms and the 2007 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir. Wine pairings are also available with the seven-course tasting menu.
4. The caviar. Why not? Indulge and order from the caviar menu. The Painted Lady offers traditional caviar service, 30 grams of sustainable California white sturgeon eggs. Each variety evokes the taste of the finest Ossetra. The Classic begins at $80; the Royal is priced at $105 and the Imperial is $130. A glass of champagne with any of the above is a must.
5. The soufflé. Because it is so soul-satisfying, order the soufflé. Plan to share a spoonful or two with your dining partner.