This much-hyped restaurant is tucked away in a cute hidden alley of shops off Sonoma's square. There is an appealing little outdoor patio (you can bring your dog) and a small, cozy, attractively designed indoor dining area of tables and bar seating, where you can watch the cooks at work. Service was excellent and attentive. For all these things, the restaurant deserves a 5-star review, but we found the food to be only OK. On the plus side, for those necessitating gluten-free items, much of the menu falls into that category (but beware, our waitress said one item we were considering had "only a little bit of gluten"; if you have celiac disease, you know even a little bit is not good, so do dig a bit deeper in your questioning of any item). We were given the chef's complimentary small bite of linguica, melted cow's milk cheese, and an olive, presented on a toothpick, an enticing starter and tasty with a glass of Portuguese dry white wine. Because I can rarely get anything fried in a restaurant due to my need for all GF foods, I was excited to find that the fish and chips were done by using cassava flour and cooked in a separate fryer from any other fried foods (which might have been breaded with regular white flour.) The taste: not greasy, but the flavor was very bland. My partner had feijoada, the national dish of Brazil-- black beans and assorted smoked meats in a stew. Having never had this before and not knowing what to expect, his opinion echoed mine: bland. Dessert was an icy tray of four sorbets, two light and fruity, one chocolate, and the most fabulous thing we enjoyed here---a rich ice cream made with vintage port (wow). For lunch, the cost for one glass of wine, one appetizer (day-boat scallops--not memorable), 2 entrees, and dessert was $100, including tip and tax. Aside from stopping in for a glass of wine or that amazing ice cream, we probably will not go back.
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