This past weekend my husband and I traveled to Spokane, WA to visit our family, as we do several times throughout the year. Most trips consist of good ole’ home cooking, but this trip came with an exciting new culinary experience.
The name itself, Sante′ Restaurant and Chareuterie, immediately spiked my culinary interest. From the moment you walk in, the mood of local, organic and house-made is immediately set.
The ceilings are high and the walls are adorned with Spokane area photography from local artists. The tables are constructed out of wide plank oak with an elegant glossy finish. Atop the tables you won’t find salt or pepper shakers and certainly no Heinz 57 (they make their own ketchup), only a small vase holding an herbal plant growing in rocks and water.
At the top of their menu read: Early Fall Morning, 2009 September. Right there I knew I was in for a treat.
My eyes floated down the menu and settled several times on dishes like:
Crepe Suzette, orange mascarpone, shaved fennel, grand mariner and fennel gastrique – $8
Berkshire pork, terrine style, smoked bacon, tamarind and chipolte BBQ, mustard aioli -$7.
Finally, I my eyes stopped on the Gnocchi, guanciale, wine sauce, fried capers, basil tomato confit, pecorino, baguette – $10.
Let me tell you it was a symphony of flavors, each one playing a subtle role in the masterpiece. The rest of the table ordered the soup of the day, tomato basil, it was a cup of heaven, silky and rich with a light drizzle of local honey and cream -$6. WOW for these prices, you won’t find that level of culinary cuisine many places. However the BLT and Le Parisian sandwiches were not the big hits at the table.
Overall, Sante′ is a great place enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers casually with friends or for a full meal and indulge in their 3 course menu option for only $25. Or if you just want a nibble of what chef Jeremy L. Hansen creates, you can pick up some house cured meats, zesty mustard, BBQ sauce or rich ketchup to take home with you.
One thing is for sure, when we return to our home away from home, I will make sure to put Sante′ on the menu.
Sante′ 5 out of 5