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A Lesson in Delayed Gratification

Taking the time to slow down and really enjoy things sometimes eludes us in this fast-paced culture of ours, so for those looking for a lesson in delayed gratification, a trip to Epiphany may be just the thing. Low-lit and cozy, the restaurant has mastered the elegant ambiance so many other local eateries lack, with velvet maroon drapes framing each entryway, windowed booths decked with fresh flowers, and a host of pillows to rest on while you enjoy a casually paced meal.

epiphany.gifWe arrived on a sleepy Sunday night with a 2002 PlumpJack Cabernet in tow. While waiting for the wine to open up, we sipped on champagne and tasted a delightful spoonful of the duck pate, compliments of the chef. The crab cake appetizer came next, a piping hot tower of flakey crab meat perfectly matched with crisp slices of cucumber. And just as our bottle of wine was ready to pour, a plate of fresh from the oven bread arrived which we munched on while waiting for the main course.

plumpjack.jpgNearly an hour after arriving, our entrees were served. My lamb shank was plated atop a hill of mashed potatoes soaked in lamb ju with fresh fall veggies. The meat was so tender it fell right off the bone, though slightly fatty, and was a perfect alternative to all the turkey I’ve recently consumed. But it was my boyfriend’s filet that was the standout of the night, served atop a cabernet reduction sauce, with asparagus, and a baked potato. The reduction was by far the tastiest sauce I’ve had, and the filet was perfectly seasoned. Aside from the rather bland potato, the dish was perfection.

epi%20inside.gifBut the evening doesn’t end there. While looking over the desert menu, we noticed a selection of cigars and promptly decided to take our dessert course onto the patio where we could puff into the night air and enjoy the last drops of our quickly diminishing wine. Seated in a semi-private patio booth draped in sheer fabric and heaped with even more plump pillows, we shared our cigar, indulged in a delicious ― if not slightly burnt ― soufflé and ordered some night cap cups of coffee.

epi%20bar.gifAll in all, it was over two hours of plate after plate of sumptuous creations. It’s certainly not the place to go before running to catch a movie, but for those with a full night ahead of them and the ability to sit back, relax, and enjoy, a dining epiphany is just what they’ll get.

The Details: Epiphany is located at 21 West Victoria Street. Call 564-7100 or see www.epiphanysb.com. For more on PlumpJack Wines, see www.plumpjack.com.

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