Sienna Restaurant, El Dorado Hills
I rarely make it up the hill to El Dorado Hills, but I’d heard from a number of different people that I needed to venture out and try Sienna, a newish, beautiful restaurant in El Dorado Hills. Recently, I did just that. We hosted a baby shower in the Coriander Room of Sienna – a beautiful glass-enclosed room that seats about 10 comfortably, and enjoyed their delicious and varied menu.
We were a hungry group of women, so we started with the Coconut Crunchy Shrimp in Pineapple Black Pepper Reduction, the Duck Confit Pot Stickers with an Orange-Plum Dipping Sauce, Wild Mushroom Bruschetta (mini sourdough rounds with melted goat cheese and wild mushrooms in balsamic reduction) and Citrus Spiced Ahi accompanied by ruby red grapefruit, avocado and Grilled Pineapple Coulis. Everything was delicious, and I especially enjoyed the shrimp and pot stickers. Appetizer prices range from $7.95 to $12.95, with half off happy hour specials from 3-7 PM Monday through Friday.
We ordered lunch from the menu, which has a little something for everyone – salads, soups, wood-fired pizzas, pastas, risottos, burgers, sandwiches, and something they call “specialties” – which I’ll get to in a moment. A couple of us ordered soup and salad, a carrot-ginger soup and the Strawberry Baby Spinach Salad. Both were very reasonably priced at under $6.
Aside from my sister Sara, who ordered the Pepper Steak Cavatappi (sautéed tenderloin with crimini mushrooms in a brandy peppercorn sauce – definitely on my list for next time), the rest of us ordered their specialty items: Soy Ginger Glazed Salmon with Cucumber Salad and Cilantro Rice, Steak Frites with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese, Crispy Sesame Tofu with Indonesian Stir-fry Vegetables and Cilantro Rice, and the Fitness Special, which was a Center-cut Pork Loin with Broccolini and Couscous (and under 430 calories). Who says you can’t have dessert?!
We’d been quite chatty up until lunch came, and then a hush fell over our little glass room and we were solely focused on the food. Every meal was beautifully presented. And the flavors! I found it difficult not to eat every single bite, despite being full.
Sienna has a lot going for it – beautifully situated, a to-die-for menu, excellent service and so many special events. Here are a few of note:
• Sunday Champagne Brunch – 10 AM-2 PM
• Happy Hour – Monday through Friday from 3-7 PM in the bar and picturesque outside lounge
• Live Music – Every Thursday and Saturday from 7-10 PM
• Sienna Chef Experience – One per month with Sienna’s exec chef, who teaches cooking techniques during a live demonstration. And then, you get to eat! The next one is “Holiday Chef Experience,” Nov. 20 from 1-3 PM, $35 for three courses paired with wine.