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Erna's Elderberry House. Oakhurst, CA
08-19-2013, 09:44 AM
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Erna's Elderberry House. Oakhurst, CA
This one is a real gem. The epitome of haute cuisine. A SF type dining experience nestled in the central Sierras.

A fixed price 5 course meal(complete with expert wine/champagne pairings) that generally turns into an 8 course meal when you account for the amuse bouche, cheese plate, and secondary dessert on top of the fabulous main dessert.

Mrs. Sunset and I try to make the trip once every 5yrs or so, and we are always impressed with the whole experience, though this time was particularly enjoyable. After the fine meal we retired to the garden sitting area and, fabulous armagnac in hand, we watched the Perseids literally exploding across the evening sky.


Cold rabbit strudel with candied red onion and Nantes carrot globe. As much chemistry as as cuisine.
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Poached Pacific salmon on braised romaine with bacon wrapped potato pancake.
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The main was lamb loin on summer pole bean/tomato ragout, crispy parm, and lamb shank ravioli.
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Even the most jaded food enthusiast will come away from a meal like this shaking his/her head and thinking..."WOW!".

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08-19-2013, 06:08 PM
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RE: Erna's Elderberry House. Oakhurst, CA
Holy CHROME!!!!! That looks wonderful! Smile

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08-19-2013, 11:36 PM
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The Salmon...the LAMB....holy guacamole!
Pardon my nosiness, but whut buhZACKly does a "prix fixe" meal set ya' back these days?!

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08-20-2013, 09:49 AM (This post was last modified: 08-20-2013 09:55 AM by Sunset.)
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RE: Erna's Elderberry House. Oakhurst, CA
SG...Looking back I wish I would have captured images of the other 5 courses, but in the heat of the moment my gluttonous nature won out.

BG...Not nosy at all. The victuals will set ya back $95(optional cheese plate $12) per person. To borrow a phrase, the food is "expensive and worth it." The wine pairing(5 glasses @ $69)) on the other hand is a little over the top price-wise imo. In their defense however, the wines offered are strictly top shelf, it would be a little cumbersome to waltz in there with 5 bottles brought from home, the corkage would be astronomical, the skill level of the sommelier far surpasses my own, and finally, they are generous with their refills. The Caol Ila apertif and the Armagnac after the meal were extra.

The sum experience is righteous to say the least, but the pricing relegates it to a once every 5yrs or so event for us.

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http://www.chateausureau.com/restaurant.html

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08-20-2013, 02:06 PM
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RE: Erna's Elderberry House. Oakhurst, CA
Just found another vote for Erna's while perusing this forum...

http://www.neilpeart.net/bng_forum_beta/...hp?tid=142

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08-21-2013, 07:06 AM
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Can I come over for dinner sometime?

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08-21-2013, 11:59 AM
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Well sure! There are "a couple" of nice roads in the area you might like to ride.Big Grin

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08-27-2013, 09:27 AM
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Just a couple eh? I'll make a note of that.

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