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le Cigare Volant- fomerly Bonny Doon Cafe. [Santa Cruz]

budnball Oct 20, 2012 02:09 PM

My partner and I had a great lunch on Friday after walking past the Santa Cruz tasting room/restaurant. The menu looked challenging and we initially walked past considering just heading down to "Burger.". But we were looking for something different and gave the place a shot. The lunch menu is kind of tapas like with many small $5-7 plates, a few flat breads and the best BLT I have ever eaten! The petrole sole Escabeche was poached in olive oil covered with some delicately pickled veg was delicious. As was the lightly dressed greens with grapes. The Brandade fritters were a delicate salt cod and potatoe mash with lovely Salmon roe and a caper tartar that was a bit salty. My only disappointment was the house milled grits which needed some seasoning. The ganache macaroons were Fabulous. The wines as always are a treat.

Last year, We attended the Chinese New Years Banquet at the Former Boony Doon Cafe and had a terrible meal and I was so angry that I quit the wine club. It was an over reaction but it gave me a since of payback which of course is a infantile response. I would hope that anyone not happy with the former incarnation of this restaurant would give the new version a chance. Better in every way!


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    bulavinaka Oct 28, 2012 11:19 AM

    Is this the Cellar Door Cafe? We had a great dinner there a couple of summer ago. I was wondering why the change in name, and has the place changed hands? The new name, le Cigare Volant, seems to imply that it's still Bonny Doon, but had things declined so much that they felt the need to change its name?

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    1. re: bulavinaka
      budnball Oct 28, 2012 08:17 PM

      It is the same place and still owned by the winery. They had a change of chefs and decided a change of name reflected new focus.

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        Robert Lauriston Dec 14, 2012 10:22 AM

        The Chron reports the restaurant's closing at the end of the year. Tasting room will remain.


        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          budnball Dec 16, 2012 06:17 PM

          Yeah, it's a bummer but as you well know, restauranting is a rough biz. I am making at least one trip before it closes.

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