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December 20-26, 2006

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Morsels

New Year's Eating

By Brett Ascarelli


Ringing in 2007 should be a cinch this year, especially if it's prix fixe you're after. Here are just three restaurants from the many that are making the last night of the year count. At press time, reservations were still available, but probably not for long.

With a Michelin star and a regular spot in the Chronicle's Top 100 Restaurants, it's a foregone conclusion that Farm House Inn & Restaurant will deliver a delicate balance of romantic ambiance and palate-friendly, Cal-French delectables. The menu's not out yet, but based on last year's fare, we predict that high-class ingredients, like truffles, foie gras, chanterelles and lobster, will find their way into the sturdy fare that includes mashed potatoes, lamb and Angus beef. After dinner, head back to the room, toast and watch a more frenetic celebration in Times Square. 7871 River Road, Forestville. Four-course prix-fixe 5:30pm-7pm; $99. Five-course prix-fixe reservations begin at 7pm; $129. 707.887.3300.

For those with a fix for French comfort food, Left Bank Larkspur offers a five-course prix fixe, including something called lobster cappuccino. Also intriguing are the bone marrow bordelaise and asparagus flan that accompany filet de boeuf au poivre. Eat like a cochon at this brasserie, nestled in the old Blue Rock Inn. 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. $60, includes glass of Champagne. 415.927.3331.

Pat Kuleto's lodge-style eatery, the Martini House purveys a five-course prix fixe, including such wonders as aquavit-cured salmon, warm salad of hedgehog mushrooms and roasted Jerusalem artichokes, crispy sweetbreads, foie gras ravioli and Sonoma duck breast. Now, this is decadent! A Champagne toast at midnight is also promised. 1245 Spring St. at Oak (one block west of Main Street), St. Helena. Seatings at 7:30pm, 8pm and 8:30pm, and the table is reserved for you for the evening. $150; $215 includes sommelier wine pairing. 707.963.2233.


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