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Aug 18, 2007 11:16 AM

ubuntu? been yet?

I think Ubuntu opened last night. Wondering if anyone has been yet. The web site shows a very nice interior and menu reads well. I am not a vegetarian, but wasn't missing dead animal protein while perusing... (I say that because there is dairy/egg on the menu.)

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  1. According to the website, Ubuntu doesn't open for dinner until August 20th, and August 27th is the start date for breakfast/lunch. Also interesting is the "Restaurant and Yoga Studio" mix. I don't think I've ever heard of a place that mixes two things like that. I mean, gyms and yoga studios and such with maybe a juice bar, yes, but an actual sit down eatery/restaurant?

    I am planning on checking it out soon. When I first heard about the place, I was hoping it would have a focus on African food, Ubuntu being an African word meaning 'Humanity to others', or 'I am what I am because of who we all are', but a focus on organic and food coming from their own biodynamic gardens sounds promising.

    Ubuntu's website:

    Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
    1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

    1. So I just read about Ubuntu's grand opening which happened last week apparently. I'm hoping to check it out soon. Have any intrepid chowhounds been brave enough to try this place out during its first week? I was glad to read that Ubuntu will include meat and dairy in their menu...not that I have anything against vegetarian/vegan cuisine, but I do enjoy a bit of good animal protein once in a while. (: Stil trying to figure out the whole "yogo studio upstairs" concept.

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      1. re: chocolateninja

        Hi folks!
        Any reports? How's the food?

        I'm out of the loop w/the wine country these days but used to love Terra, Cryus last year did not impress. Sadly, that's all I've tried. Sounds like I would be pleased with Ad Hoc. I really enjoyed Manresa (the Ubuntu chef's former home) last fall. Any comparisons to these spots is appreciated.

        Thinking of bringing a group of 25-50 up midweek for late afternoon yoga class then dinner. Hopefully they have nice showers & such!


        1. re: janet T

          I was there for dinner about a week after they opened and was pleasantly surprised. First of all, I think a restaurant/yoga studio concept is weird. Friends who have been to yoga there find it strange walking out all sweaty through the elegant dining room. Janet T - I am sure they don't have showers.

          Okay - but the good stuff... Beautiful room. High ceilings, stone walls. Communal table in the middle.

          I started with olives and drank a Schramsberg rose throughout (delicious but... gulp... $13 or $14 a glass). Small plates. Had a most amazing roasted peach "panzanella" with lots of pesto and crispy bread. Totally unlike panzanella but one of the best dishes I have eaten recently. I then had an odd braised fava gratin that included pasta and an egg - and some other stuff I can't remember. Ehh. Not so great. I saw it on the menu as I strolled by last week with some other kind of bean - skip it. We shared some maple glazed sweet potatoes, all gooey and chewy. Ended with a great blue cheese served with pear preserve. Aside from the wine I chose, I thought prices were reasonable ($7 to $15?).

          1. re: Junie D

            Walked by today and took a peek inside, but wasn't able to stay. Very elegant interior and they took good advantage of the large space and high ceilings. I was impressed to even see a kids only menu on the window near the regular menu. Even a 4 course chef's tasting menu for kids. Don't see that often. Look forward to trying it.

            1. re: Junie D

              Went today for my first visit, for lunch. Had a very good early girl tomato soup, served warm with a nice dollop of ricotta in the center. For my main I had the broccoli raab pizza, also pretty good and quite filling, with bellwether farms cheese. Desert was amazing. Had the chocolate ganache with homemade mint ice cream. I spotted the braised bean dish mentioned above, not fava's today, also with a pasta, and it actually looked pretty good. As did the braised cauliflower. Will have to try next time.