Those of you that know me and my family also know, we don’t mess around when it comes to food. My cousin is getting married at Solage Calistoga and her wedding will be catered by Solbar so we decided to check out Solbar to see if the food measures up to it’s 1 Michelin Star rating. Let me start off by saying, I absolutely believe that Solbar is worthy of it’s 1 Michelin star!
We started off our meal by ordering the chicken noodle soup with farfalline, pulled chicken, garnet yams, & hen of the woods mushrooms. This wasn’t just ordinary chicken noodle soup. The minute I tasted this soup, I automatically understood that it was a carefully crafted soup that had been simmering for hours. The pulled chicken and the hen of the woods mushrooms really created a subtle and earthy flavor to this soup. I don’t usually like yams and these yams were just the right texture with a slightly sweet flavor. The farfalline pasta was perfect. I devoured every drop of this soup and put my lips straight to the bowl to catch the last drops.
For the main course we ordered the lucky pig made of slow-roasted shoulder of homestead hampshire pork, which was served with black sesame crepes, pickled pineapple, Mongolian peanuts, and lettuce cups. The menu said that the lucky pig was for 2 people but honestly, we had 3 hungry people, and we still had leftover. I can easily advise that this dish is big enough for 3 people. The pork shoulder was this heavenly mass of meat that just fell apart when I poked it with my fork. I layered the sesame crepe inside a lettuce cup (to hold it together) and topped it with the pork shoulder, pickled pineapple, and Mongolian peanuts, and the accompanying sauce. After I had the first bite, I actually closed my eyes in ecstasy so I could focus on the exquisite taste. I took a look at my dining companions and they had looks of pure joy on their faces. I’m still drooling when I think about that lucky pig!
The food at Solbar rocked my world. The customer service was spot on. I left Solbar feeling full and happy and firmly resolved to come back soon. I definitely recommend making reservations to Solbar in advance. Don’t hesitate, try the chicken soup and the lucky pig!
Dr. Jacqueline "Jax" Cheung grew up in Sacramento, California. She is a Christian Wife, Proud Mom, Major Foodie, Sacramento Native, Elk Grove Resident, Feminist, Adoption Advocate, Blogger, Freelance Writer, and Cat Lover. Jax is the owner of the award winning Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption Ministry. She is also the Editor-In-Chief of the Elk Grove Tribune, and freelances for Sacramento4Kids, and many other publications. She was voted Sacramento Area A-List Best Local Blogger 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018 and Best of Elk Grove Best Blogger 2016 & 2017. In 2019 Jax was recognized for Outstanding Service & Dedication to Elk Grove and also received an Award of Recognition from the California State Senate. Jax is married to Dr. Kenneth Cheung (Kenny). Jax and Kenny live in Elk Grove, California and have 2 daughters named Roxy and Carissa, and 3 cats named Mochi, Miso, and Mango. To follow her journey please like her Jax Chronicles Facebook page, follow her Instagram @jaxchronicles, follow her Twitter @jaxchronicles, or check out Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption ministry.