It’s an affair that my husband shares with me.
One of our favorite places in the Sacramento area is The Kitchen.
We have only been to The Kitchen twice. It’s one of those places that you go to experience food. It’s an occasion to linger over each course, learn about the food, where it comes from and then let yourself revel in the show that creates each tasty morsel.
The Kitchen is owned by The Selland Group. They own Ella’s in Sacramento and Selland’s Market-Café. We’ve been to Ella’s. I still reminisce about the pappardelle and poached egg dish. I love eggs in any shape and form, but poached? Poached sends me into a food-gasm.
My husband came up with the great idea of going to The Kitchen for our birthdays. We’re both summer babies and we were pleased to enjoy the July menu. The food The Kitchen creates changes monthly. If you want a reservation on a specific day, reserve as soon as the menu comes out. For the best seat in the house, reserve counter-seating. At our July seating we were front and center.
When you visit The Kitchen, they welcome you like an old friend. It just so happens that you’re friends with a host who is a phenomenal chef. The Kitchen encourages you to explore the back kitchen, the facilities, talk to the staff, and in general, make yourself at home.
If you sit at the counter, you get to see everything first hand. It’s also great to be able to hear where their fresh food comes from, how it’s prepared, and have your questions answered as they cook your meal. I appreciated the purse hooks under the counter. A small detail that permeates the care the staff takes for each customer.
I should mention, if you’re at the counter, you can truly feel the heat.
The menu is clever. It’s actually, a playbill, each course featured is its own Act.
The intermission? Is a sushi course served out on their lighted patio. I am probably the one Asian who prefers her fish cooked. However, The Kitchen is one of those few places that I enjoy sashimi. In fact, the first time I visited The Kitchen was also the first time I tried an oyster. It was also the last time, but that’s just me and my weirdness with textures that make me want to gag.
Since this is The Kitchen, any course you find particularly delectable, you can order seconds. Yes, seconds, or thirds. Let me just mention up front, I have taken advantage of the seconds. I did want a third helping, but unfortunately I only have one stomach.
My favorite way of ending the meal is with their traditional tea service. Jeffrey gathers all the herbs and fresh ingredients to make each diner their own special pot of gourmet tea. My husband and I also ask for hot chocolate. Since it is The Kitchen, they whip it up for us, and it is mmmmmm, good.
A quick note about the chefs. The first time we visited The Kitchen, Chef Noah was the main chef. He was hilarious. The man is a fiery ball of unstoppable energy. He educated us, he made us laugh and he never stopped. It was mesmerizing.
The second time we visited we had Chef Randall Selland, the man himself, cook for us. Randall has a dry sense of humor. He can be controversial in his sarcasm, but his presentation is more subdued and relaxed. The staff completely chills around him. While Randall might not have the crowd hollering, and rollicking around, he visits each table, and speaks with each customer in his quietly, joking manner.
At the end of the night, my husband and I always leave feeling full of good food, company and joy. We can’t wait to save up all our pennies and find another occasion to spend at The Kitchen.
ps. The opinions in the post are solely mine. I have not been paid by The Kitchen for this post.