Cyrus Restaurant Review, Healdsburg
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Cyrus is located in Healdsburg, California, about 90 minutes North of San Francisco or about 50 minutes northwest of St Helena. With its formal atmosphere and classic decor, Cyrus is located inside a stylish hotel. They received Two Michelin stars in 2009.
They serve New American food with Asian and French influences. They’ve received two Michelin stars making them a good candidate for a memorable meal. It is much easier getting a reservation here than at Michelin 3 star French Laundry. Their menu consists of 3 ($78), 4 ($90), or 5 ($102) course dinners or a table-wide prix fix tasting menu with optional wine pairings. Additional courses available at $15 each. Some items have supplemental costs.
Decor, Vibe – Classy contemporary interior with lots of elegant art and decorations. Diners were mostly old folks in their 40’s and 50’s.
Cyrus Menu Pictures:
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After being seated and greeted with the cool Champagne and Caviar cart, you’ll be presented with a beautiful complimentary multi-tiered selection of Canapes with each one designed to stimulate a different taste bud. Very cool although the cold brown soup really woke our palate.
The awesome Bollinger champagne Special Cuvee ($13, 2.5oz ) and weird Rhubarberella cocktail ($12) with Hanger One Buddha’s hand citron Vodka, Shiso, ginger and rhubarb help start the evening. Frankly the little bits of rhubarb in the drink were the best part.
The wine markup is high but they have an extensive selection and lots of half bottles.
A glass of a local good chardonney was $22.
We moved onto a complimentary Amuse Bouche of Hamachi, which was tiny but very good.
The Thai Marinated Lobster with Avocado, Mango and Hearts of Palm starter was very good, although the parsley added a weird touch.
Seared Foie Gras with Cherry-Almond Doughnut was excellent but a little small. Far too many cherries and not enough good stuff. Good thing their bread was readily available. The Foie Gras 3 ways at Michael Mina’s in San Francisco, was better than this dish.
Pea and Pancetta Risotto, Parmesan Broth starter had a very strong Pea flavor and could have used more rice but was good.
Rabbit Ballotine with Agnolotti and Chantrelles, Olive Oil Froth was wonderful. Have not had rabbit in a while so this was a treat, especially with the tasty mushrooms.
Crispy Poussin with Potato Puree, Haricots Verts and Morels was the standout entree. The chicken was prepared perfectly and accented with the cruncy skin. A must order.
The Lamb Loin with Black Rice, Swiss Chard, Capers and Raisins had high quality lamb with no but gaminess, but was made too salty with the Vin Santo sauce. I’d pass on this or get it if you are into lamb. Just wipe most of the sauce off.
Soft Shell Crab ($28) with Smoked Soba Noodles, Oolong Broth had a beautiful look and was equally satisfying. Crispy and flavorful.
The King Salmon entree ($25) with sweet corn and spring onions, mussel-saffron sauce was also very good even though it was a small portion.
Palate cleansers of mini popsicles and table-side created soda were fun. Their creativity was evident.
For dessert, the Flowers Themed dessert had a trio of 3 different items related to flowers. Rose tea, honey lavendar cannoli, and Elderflower caviar, Moscato sorbet. Very good stuff.
The sorbet was served on a unique block of ice. It included pineapple, muskat, and orange. Good for those looking to minimize calories. On exit, they serve you some home made candies and chocolates from their wonder cart. You’ll also receive a printout of what your dinner was.
The Candy course was outrageous. All items tasted excellent. We were already full, so most went home.
The service was the standout component. The minute you get up, your napkin gets arranged. Your water glass never falls below 50%. Far better service than our recent trip to Michael Mina. This can easily help raise the overall rating of a restaurant in perception. You get all this at prices similar to top tier restaurants in the city, making this an excellent value.
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