Eating Napa Valley: Bistro Jeanty

When I was home in October, my family and I did a day trip to Napa Valley- mind you I am from on 30 minutes south. We started off the morning with lunch at Solbar, the restaurant at Solage.  It was delicious, relaxing and picturesque Northern California.  From there we went to a bubbly wine tasting at Schramsberg, wine tasting at Odette and then finally it was time for dinner.

For dinner we went to one of my dad’s favorite classic French restaurants in Youtville, Bistro Jeanty.  Located in quaint, downtown Yountville, Bistro Jeanty is quite the establishment.  It looks like a picturesque French cafe, and when you step inside it is reminiscent of the French countryside.  Since I studied abroad in Paris, I am fairly confident in saying that their menu is beyond authentic, and had dishes I hadn’t seen on menus since I was in France.

Obviously, we over ordered, because we are Goldberg’s but it was totally worth it.  There were too many things that needed to be tried.

To start we split the Parfait de Foie Blond (Duck foie gras mousse with brioche toast), Soup a l’Ognion (French Onion Soup) and a special on the menu, Truffle Deviled Eggs.  Everything was unreal, but the real star of the show for me was the soup, as I hadn’t had a spectacular French onion soup in some time.  The broth was decadent and light, while the cheese and onions brought a warm depth to the flavor.

For dinner we decided to split some entrees and some sides.  As our mains we got the Sole Meuniere (Petrale sole fillet with mashed potatoes and a lemon caper butter sauce) as well as a special that night which was lamb shank with a fruity glaze.  As for sides, we went with Macaronis au Gruyere et Jambon and the Brussles Sprouts with  Nuesky Bacon.
Everything was beyond amazing but for me, the sole stole the show.  The mashed potatoes were delicate and fluffy, and the sole was buttery and flaky.  Paired with the tart lemon and caper sauce, boy was it a treat.

Come dessert, we were stuffed to the brim so we opted out but Bistro Jeanty was a great reminder of how much a cherish French food and am constantly inspired by the simplicity of their comfort food.

Bistro Jeanty is not to be missed!

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