New a la carte dinner menu at Sono
- Claire Li
We had dinner at Sono last night and they did away with the prix fixe menu (except for the 7 course tasting menu)and they have a new winter menu. Most selections seemed to be new, except for some standards like the rack of lamb baked in an herb clay crust. It was nice to have things a la carte since we could order and share what we wanted, and the price can be whatever you want to spend.
The amuse bouche was a steamed mussel with a sweet miso sauce and radish, very nice.
We ordered from the bar menu small plates of calamari tempura and crab dumplings(5), each plate more than enough to share among 4 people. The calamari was excellent, and while I personally wasn't thrilled with the crab dumplings, the other people seemed to like them. The appetizer of seared yellow tail with miso sauce and scallion was nice, but a bit more cooked than seared, and was a very small portion. Someone ordered a ravioli dish that came with a piece of stewed daikon radish holding a mound of wasabi (which she mistakenly took a huge bite of because the lighting was too dim to see the wasabi clearly) but she absolutely raved about the ravioli and the sauce.
We were treated to a complimentary course, this time it consisted of a delicious cup of kabocha squash soup, tasty and creamy.
For the entree I had one of Sono's specialties, the rack of lamb for 2 (baked in the herb clay crust). It was quite entertaining to see the waiter crack open the clay crust and to smell the wonderful herbs, but the 2 of us who had the dish had to add pepper (and salt for the other person). The other 2 entrees included a fluke dish with shrimp and mushrooms of all types, and a grilled pompano, both of which were thoroughly enjoyed, although the seasoning of the fluke was "very light".
The chocolate 3 ways is the way to go for dessert in my opinion (a wonderful molten-centered chocolate/raspberry cake, a cute (but a bit too sweet) chocolate creped wrapped up into a purse with some sort of filling, and a small piece of cake with macademia nut). My friend still likes the sticky rice pudding with coconut milk ice cream.
Overall, a very good dinner with good service, and the place to dine if you want to relax and not be rushed to leave your table. The portions also seem to be larger now with the a la carte menu, so 3 of the 4 of us took home portions of our entrees (so that we could have dessert of course).