In happier news, Calistoga continues to rise above this, maintaining its approach of not inflating their prices in December. It was this refreshing approach that brought my work colleagues and I to their door, last December, when we were treated very nicely indeed, for an entirely reasonable price.
I’d been meaning to visit in a more sober frame of mind, so was pleased to do so, today, with guest quester Kim.
Their lunchtime menu offers a good range of options. Menus that offer two different soups are always going to be a winner with me, so I was pleased to start with the salmon and corn chowder, while Kim opted for the butternut squash soup. She followed with the mackerel fillet with sweet potato chips, while I chose their flatiron steak.
The place retains all its charm, and our waiter was attentive and helpful throughout.
Our piping-hot soups were soon with us, with mine looking particularly bonnie, with its little avruga caviar garnish. It proved a really good dish, with chunks of hot smoked salmon in a nicely seasoned broth, with crackers offering a nice textural element. It was a highly accomplished dish.
Main courses were equally impressive. My flatiron steak was packed with flavour, with a lovely char to the meat. It’s fast becoming a favourite cut with me, as I had another really good one at One Square, just recently. The chips were top notch, too.
So overall, I was delighted to pay Calistoga a second, long-overdue visit. It’s a great wee place, offering excellent value. I was a little sad not to be able to try some more of their excellent wine, this lunchtime, but the office called me back. I’d strongly recommend you pay it a visit, next time you’re looking for a high quality dining experience. And if you’re looking for a Xmas lunch venue, it would be my top recommendation.
Blythe scores Calistoga
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
Today’s questers were: Kim, Blythe
We ate: salmon and corn chowder; butternut squash and ginger soup; mackerel fillet with sweet potato chips; flat iron steak with chips
We drank: water, espresso
We wore: white top; blue shirt
Total bill: £31