Luxury in napa valley. luxurious vegetables.
Acacia house is the true essence of luxury in Napa Valley. The building alone offers a venue that invites you to open a bottle of wine on the porch and cuddle up with your loved one. The interior brings a sense of modern and traditional touch all in one place. And the back has vast concrete slabs with freshly trimmed grass lining in-between acting as a very instagramable spot.
I picked this spot for my birthday dinner firstly to see what the hype is all about as many foodies boast highly about this place, and secondly because at first glance there was many vegan options on the menu. Finding healthy options, let alone vegan options, in Napa can be quite the daunting challenge as many restaurants show off their culinary skills which means butter is present, and health is sometimes left at the door.
The star of my meal, and quite frankly I could eat every single day, was there vegetable crudités with seasonal dip ($15). The platter is boisterous with asparagus spears sticking up, and radish stems flopping to the side all accompanied by carrots, bell peppers, broccoli and other fresh vegetable finds in a giant bowl of ice mounds. Additionally, this crudités is served with a dip, and I was served a hummus dip with za'atar spices – its like the chef knew to speak to my soul with hummus and za'atar. For my main dish I had the whole roasted eggplant blistered tomatoes, capers, chili, herbs & pistachios ($24) without dairy as apparently there is a bit of dairy in it normally. I soon learned I have never cooked eggplant right in my life as this was roasted to perfection, and paired eloquently with the pistachios and tomatoes. Once again I realize how horrible of a chef I am with my steamed veggies.
My friends and family had some other amazing dishes, and I wont vouch for the healthy components of it besides the hammachi crudo with strawberries, serrano & rosé ($18) and striped bass yellow wax beans, braised radishes, lettuces & sauce verté ($36), but they do make for some pretty photos that I have featured below. Side-note, they were raving about how flavorful and unique there dishes were. My grandpa even ate his vegetables on his plate, which was a pivotal moment, and is a testament to how good the plates Acacia house is serving up are. The Napa valley lamb tartare with green harissa, mint and chickpea cracker ($16) also seemed minimal from a health perspective. I will say the striped bass that my health conscious boyfriend had was another healthier option for my clients, and fitness minded friends.
Overall, if you are visiting Napa I would absolutely recommend and say Acacia house is a must. I mean Michael Bauer is raving about it for heaven sakes. Plus, we all know after a day of wine tasting you will probably have a really nice porch pounder to get rid of on their stunning porch. As your trainer, and fellow vegan advisor, this would be a place I would frequent for a lunch to enjoy the vegetable crudités. Why you may ask? Well, it is about simplicity and limiting the amount of additional fats, sugars, and salts we are putting in our body. Their vegetable crudités definitely offers simplicity. However, if you are not a vegan some of the fish offerings, and the Napa valley lamb tartare are quite minimalistic and good for you from a health perspective. I am very happy to see such an array of vegetables on the menu and will come back for special occasions. If you are a fellow vegan visiting Napa, make a special stop here for some vegetable crudités, and their seasonal vegetable main dish as it is exceptionally delicious.
Just another girl who is trying to inspire others. Passionate about health and fitness. And a love of coffee and peanut butter.