Fusion fare is a notoriously imprecise science, creating such flops as chocolate-covered broccoli, curried popsicles, and edible silverware. Celebrate bite-size breakthroughs with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of California fusion fare and drinks at Equus Restaurant and Loungebar at the Fountaingrove Inn. This Groupon is valid for the restaurant only.
Equus gifts jaded tongues a renewed zip, by serving up a smattering of elegant flavors in a fashionable atmosphere. Like King Henry VIII’s wives, the dinner menu changes seasonally, utilizing fresh produce and ingredients from local purveyors. Sink incisors into the seared ahi tuna, basking in a soy truffle vinaigrette ($14), or treat stomachs to the roasted beet salad, which covers the food-group basics with orange segments, goat cheese, arugula, pistachios, and a sherry vinaigrette ($9). The result of barnyard matchmaking websites, the bacon-wrapped filet sates excessive meat cravings and is served with fingerling potatoes, sautéed chard, roasted mushrooms, and truffle salt, soaked in a pinot-noir demi-glace ($30). Scuba-certified tongues can experience the majesty of the seafood pasta, a menagerie of prawns and fish, peacefully coexisting with asparagus and tomatoes in a curry-cream sauce ($17).
The lounge showcases a gallery of Sonoma County wines, avoiding the fanny-pack taste of touristy grapes. The tall, semicircle booths or low-lit tables provide intimacy in the warm-colored dining area, with the sweet sound stylings of the baby grand.
The dungeness crab cakes are tempting enough on their own, but it's the unexpected accompaniment of tomato chutney that elevates them to culinary artwork. At Equus Restaurant, chefs painstakingly consider how ingredients can complement each other, lift each other to new heights, and make each other the most popular kids in school while developing their California-fusion cuisine—a collision of Mediterranean, Spanish, and French traditions. Relying largely on seasonal, local ingredients, their menus continually change, and yet the consistency in quality has earned praised from the Press Democrat, which also commended Equus for its selection of Sonoma County wines. Beyond its food and drink, Equus engages guests’ senses with the sumptuous decor of the main dining room and lounge bar, where dark wood panels, trim, high-backed leather booths, and subdued lighting turn every phrase of a conversation into a dramatic revelation.
101 Fountaingrove Pkwy.
Santa Rosa, California 95403Get Directions