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elements at Sanctuary

Visited 25 December, 2014.

Another one that has been on my list to visit for some time so we decided to treat ourselves for Christmas dinner this year. Set at the base of Camelback Mountain, the views from the dining room are very pleasant.

There was a 4 course prix fixe menu for Christmas; we chose  to visit for linner (one of our terms for a combined lunch and dinner that occurs in the late afternoon). Both of us chose the duck terrine for a starter. It was an excellent choice, the terrine was studded with pistachios, the foie gras mousse that accompanied it was superb and the cherries added a surprisingly pleasantly sweet element to the dish. The salad course followed, J chose the pear salad and I chose the fig and Stilton salad. J enjoyed his salad, I rarely see him eat most of a salad and he only left a couple of bites. My salad was very good, the Stilton was excellent and the vinaigrette was a great compliment but for me there was a touch too much dressing on an otherwise excellent salad that was loaded with blue cheese, pine nuts, and pancetta. For mains, J chose the sea bass and I had the filet. J declared his to be possibly the best sea bass that he had ever had. My filet was beautiful, prepared as ordered melt in your mouth delicate. The mashed potatoes that accompanied were quite interesting and provided a spike with the horseradish that was in them. Then we moved on to dessert. J chose the fruit tart and I decided to try the chocolate roulade. J like his dessert and I found it quite nice; not overly sweet. My roulade did not really hit any highs for me but it was well prepared, just not my cup of tea. I did quite enjoy the candied hazelnuts that were on it, the candying added an interesting crisp shell and was done with a light hand in the sugar bowl so they were not too sweet.

As to beverage; amazingly, I did not have any tea. J had an excellent mojito to start and I had a nice split of champagne. J found several beers to choose from and enjoyed his choices. There were, of course, several wines to select from, I chose a pinot that was full bodied which I enjoyed.

Service was impeccable. I would most definitely return. Be warned, it is a splurge.


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