After a day on the road, traveling to Walla Walla from Oregon's Willamette Valley, and tasting at a few wineries outside of town, we were ready for a good meal in a casual setting that wouldn't bust the budget. Brasserie Four was just the ticket.
The menu had so many mouth-watering options that we finally decided to order several dishes (mostly "small" plates). We picked 8 -- causing most of us to think we'd ordered too much. Amazingly, we finished it all, but at the expense of dessert. We couldn't even muster the willpower to look at the dessert menu -- maybe next time.
Rather than have the dishes served in a particular order, we told our serve to "just bring it out when it's ready," so the pace was decidedly unorthodox. I don't recall what came out when, but it was all good and we had dishes being passed around almost constantly -- take a bite of two, pass it to your left. Repeat, for almost 2 hours. LOL
Our selections included two salads -- one featuring an ample mound of spring green, with strawberries and pecans and goat cheese; the other a trio of slivered fennel, beets and carrots. Charcuterie and cheese plates included about a half-dozen assorted cured meats and "salumerie" and a like number of soft, hard and "stinky" (and YUMMY) cheeses. A salmon tartare with a few greens and thin toasts was superb, with a texture that was almost caviar-like. A bowl of mussels seemed endless in providing tasty morsels of flavor in the savory broth, and the accompanying frites (perfectly cooked french fries) kept us nibbling through much of the meal.
We also had ordered two of the "main dishes" -- Supreme de Volaille (breast of chicken bathed in a decadently lush sauce of morel mushrooms and cream), and a lamb shoulder with roasted carrots. The dish purports to be a "peasant's dinner", but the tenderness of the lamb was reminiscent of an all-day pot roast. And the flavor, undoubtedly intensified by slow cooking, was more fit for a king than commoner.
The five of us feasted like, well, royalty. With a $15 corkage fee for the nice French-pedigree wine we brought from our cellar at home, our bill was $154, including about 8% tax. The only downside, acoustics in the main dining room accentuate the noise, so with a couple of large parties of about 10-12, the noise level was pretty high. Conversation required a lot of concentration, but the food kept us occupied a good part of the time.
Final verdict - great deal, great meal. We'll be back some time for dessert!
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