A Fancy Pants Luncheon, Highly Recommended

by Sarah on February 4, 2010

Today was my day to drive out to the seldom-visited ‘burbs to indulge in some self-indulgent shopping and a leisurely lunch at one of the ‘burbs best.  
We went to Hawks.  This was the view from my seat.  Not bad.  I actually saw some wildlife.

 
Lunch menu.  Click to enlarge.
  
Here’s the link to the wine list, if you want to take a peek.  A lot of interesting choices, particularly on the white wine list.
I had a glass of the Lucien Albrecht, Cremant d’Alsace Rose NV at $10 per glass.  It was creamy and tasted of apricot.  Delicious and refreshing.  Sorry about the photo, it doesn’t really do it justice.
  
  
Good crusty bread.
  
Don’t mind if I do.
  
First course….we split a salad of citrus and roasted beets and a Parmesan frico.
  
Have you ever made a Parmesan frico?  Well, if not then you should.  It’s hella easy.  Preheat the oven to 375*.  Grate some Parmigiano Reggiano on the small side of your box grater.  Place small piles of cheese onto a  Silpat-lined baking sheet and let bake for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the edges are browned.  Viola, Parmesan frico!  When they’re warm you can form them into shapes too, like a bowl or whatever.  A tasty bowl made of cheese. 
  
We decided that we would share our entrees and the Hawks staff were kind enough to split them for us and not charge us extra, like a lot of places would do.  Isn’t that sweet?  We ended up with this delicious surf and turf combo.
  
On the left is a hanger steak over some roasted fingerling potato wedges.  and a salsa verde.  On the right was my favorite, a petrale sole with sauteed spinach and a caper-golden raisin brown butter.
  
The meat was a bit more done than I like it but it was flavorful and juicy.  The briny capers and sweet raisins bathing in nutty brown butter were a perfect accent to the moist and mild sole.
  
Coffee?  Dessert?  Well, okay.
  
We shared the chipotle chocolate bread pudding with some yummy sauce, chocolate gelato and cocoa nibs.  Chocolatey, but not overly sweet, and just a hint of spice at the end.  Perfect with our strong coffee.
  
Probably not what I would’ve ordered, but golllly, I’m sure glad we did.
  
And look how cutely they wrapped up my leftovers!
Ha ha ha….they dated it like it was going to stay in my refrigerator for long.  Are you kidding?  Not with the vultures I live with.  That shiz is already gone.
  
Well, there you are.  An emphatic recommendation that you visit Hawks in Roseville.  If you live in Sac, it’s about a half-hour drive, but it is worth it.  And they sell half-bottles of wine too, so you can still make the drive home.
5530 Douglas Blvd, Ste 110
Roseville, CA
(916)791-6200

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