2012

Plumed Horse Restaurant Review, Saratoga

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Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Plumed Horse

14555 Big Basin Way

Saratoga, CA 95070

(408) 867-4711

Plumed Horse Website

Book Reservation

Plumed Horse Saratoga Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – Plumed Horse is a long standing (1952) restaurant located in Saratoga, not far from the Montalvo winery. This location used to be a stable, hence the name. Peter Armellino (Aqua) is the chef. They have earned one Michelin star and have been on our radar for many years. We finally had an excuse to visit this fine restaurant. This restaurant was remodeled recently, giving us a good excuse to pay a visit. Their decor is definitely top-notch with a beautiful transparent 2000 bottle, three-story wine cellar and cool chefs table / room.

Insider Tip – Go for the tasting menu and wine.

Cuisine – New American
Location – Saratoga
Opened – 1962

Plumed Horse Saratoga Interior Decor

Service – Plumed Horse had very good service with friendly wait staff that also provided good suggestions when ordering. No need to ask for refills here!
Verdict – Plumed Horse impressed us with their fine cuisine in such a remote area. The decor is beautiful as is the food. They have been in existence for many decades and should continue to evolve and exist. If you live in the South Bay, there is no need to drive up to the city to experience fine dining. Hit the lounge, if you are on a budget.

Plumed Horse Signature Dishes – Souffle, sweetbreads

Plumed Horse’s Menu features a signature tasting menu that changes seasonally as well as an a la cart menu with 6 entrees. They do have some vegetarian options including a vegetarian tasting menu for $90.

Website Plumed Horse Menu

Plumed Horse Food Picks:
Amuse Sturgeon mousse

Alternate Amuse mozzarella beignets

4 different kinds of high-quality house made rolls.

Plumed Horse Saratoga souffle

Black Pepper & Parmesan Soufflé, uni & Dungeness crab fondue ($19) was a signature appetizer that you waiter recommended. Beautiful soufflé and some very fresh crab.

Plumed Horse Saratoga abalone sweetbreads

Davenport Abalone, roasted sweetbreads, slow egg and brown butter ($24) combined perfect sweetbreads with a classic egg and some tender abalone.

Chefs Grand Tasting Menu $145, Wine pairing $88

Plumed Horse Saratoga Kampachi

Kona Kampachi
Tsar Nicoulai caviar, lighlty pickled Japanese cucumber – Simple, fresh, small.
MV Kathryn Kennedy “Blanc de Blanc” Santa Cruz Mountains

Alternate Amuse mushroom veoulette – excellent! This might signal that their vegetarian tasting menu is worth ordering.

Alternate Fingerling Potatoes

Plumed Horse Saratoga Lobster

Maine Lobster
mushroom pave, baby fava beans – A very large portion of tender lobster
2010 Plumed Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Arroyo Secco

Plumed Horse Saratoga foie gras

Seared Artisan Foie Gras
roasted pineapple, jalapeno jus – The ban is taking effect soon, so time for some more super smooth foie with small chunks of pineapple.
1999 CH Berres Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese Riesling, Mosel, Germany

Plumed Horse Saratoga Alaskan halibut

Alaskan Halibut
sweet pea crepe, wild ramps, red wine braised pork cheeks – High-quality fish, cooked just right.
1995 Dominique Laurent “Les Chaignots”, 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

Plumed Horse Saratoga Risotto

Alternate Risotto with Pea Shoots – Nicely done, subtle flavors, not too rich.

Plumed Horse Saratoga antelope

South Texas Antelope
cashew, Cara Cara orange, black pepper & date chutney – Medium rare, not gamey, not a large portion though.
2003 Andrew Will “Sorella” Columbia Valley, Washington

Pre-dessert Blood Orange Sorbet, Orange foam & tapioca

Plumed Horse Saratoga toasted coconut semifreddo

Toasted Coconut Semifreddo
vanilla salt, strawberry soup, micro basil – Delicate, fruity, and well balanced.
2007 Inniskillin “Cabernet Franc” Icewine, Niagara Peninsula, Canada

Plumed Horse Saratoga Chocolate souffle

Valrhona Chocolate Souffle
pistachio anglaise, golden raisin – The pastry chef definitely knows how to make a soufflé.
2007 Niepoort “LBV” Porto, Portugal

Alternate Kahlúa and Grand Marnier mousse – Rich, chocolatey, and smooth.

Madelines, fruit gelee, chocolate macaroons.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Plumed Horse on Urbanspoon

Plumed Horse Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Excellent)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full bar
Attire:Dressy
Hours:5:30-10 p.m. nightly
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Posted on June 20th, 2012
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