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Lunch time at Sazon, Santa Rosa

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Bombed down to Sazon today for a quick lunch and a review. (Disclosure: One of the owners works tangentially with an organization I work with.)

Went with one other food obsessed woman.

We had:

Fried plaintains (Served with aioli)

Pollo a la Brasa (rotisserie chicken served with salad and fries)

Lomito a la Casarola (?) (steak sandwich served with salad OR fries)

Chicha Morada (purple corn drink, like an aqua fresca, pressed with pineapple skins and flavored with sugar and cinnamon.)

Everything was really delicious and the service was prompt, quick, and amazingly friendly. The room is very nicely decorated and vibrantly painted. It feels very clean and fresh. The kitchen is spotless (but it DID just open).

Starting with the Chicha Morada to drink, we were both pleased with the lightly tart but sweet flavor of this corn drink, a nice hit of cinnamon kept it interesting.

Next came the plaintains. About 1 1/2 of a plaintain per order. This seemed a little sparse, but they were only $3.00, so no worries. The crema/aioli was really fresh and nicely flavored. The cilantro onions were even better. They had a lot of kick without being overwhelmingly oniony.

Next came the main dishes. The chicken sandwich that I had wanted was not available, so I settled for the rotisserie chicken. I am VERY glad I did. I think this is one of the best pieces of chicken I have ever had in a restaurant. Tender, cooked to perfection, not a hint of dryness. The skin was not crispy, as it was rotisseried, but was still full of flavor (cumin, oregano, not sure what else but I will try to find out!). The fries were just ok...but had a nice flavor. They were a tad limp, but if memory serves, so were other fries at other Peruvian places...maybe that's how the Peruana's roll.

The steak sandwich was awesome. It's basically Lomo Saltado on a roll. Which is to say it's a wonderful idea. The fries come on the side, of course, and my girlfriend chose the salad instead. The steak was cut in to thin strips and then quickly pan fried in a skillet with tomatoes, peppers, and onions (I know b/c I got to watch!). The steak, despite being cut so thinly with still very tender and flavorful. The buttered french roll helped a lot too, to keep the moist steak and veggies in one place.

I would definitely go back. We saw the shrimp stew, looked fab, and the two ceviches. They also looked fab.

Can't wait to go back to try more. Total tab w/o tip was 27.00 for the two of us. We left there feeling satisfied, but not overstuffed, which is nice, b/c we both had to return to work. (Boo.)

Go here now. This place is worth the trip.

JB

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Sazon
1129 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

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  1. Well, back in 2010, I had dinner at Sazon within a few days of your report, liked it very much, and never posted. (And felt guilty about that.)

    This week in her quest to sleuth out the fate of the young couple who opened and closed Berkeley's Tumi, members of the same family, "mariacarmen" headed up to Sazon. Here's her report, hidden in a thread about Tumi,
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8489...