Only a few short blocks from The Inn On First, the best bed and breakfast in Napa, is a new restaurant called Tarla. The cuisine is Turkish-Mediterranean, and the ambience is casual and comfortable. Modern elements in design dominate, and yet tableware reflects a traditional element, for example in the Turkish water cups on the tables.
There are plenty of traditional Mediterranean first plates, such as dolmas (creamier than any I’ve had elsewhere) and spanikopita with spinach and feta and tziki sauce, but also items new to me, such as the flaming cheese covered in champagne syrup (delicious!). As a salad Jamie and I split the pomegranate salad (a don’t miss dish) with barley and pomegranate seeds. We also ordered the Turkish meatballs that were a nicely browned with a perfect spicy richness in both the meat and the sauce.
For main course I enjoyed the Tiger Prawns/Scallops on parsnip puree while Jamie ordered the Lamb Kebabs that came with a rich and creamy red pepper sauce. Our friends ordered the chicken kebabs and the pistachio crusted halibut (yummy). Finally, for dessert we enjoyed the mascarpone stuffed Turkish apricots and a Turkish version of mascarpone that was utterly not sweet (unusual for me as I expected sweetness, but not a bad dessert at all for those cutting back on sugar), that carried a little bit of rich toffee in its presentation.
As a wine pairing for all of us we chose the Brown Estate Zinfandel that was smooth, rich, with a really nice finish. All in all it was a really nice meal. Don’t expect anything grandiose here. This is simple cuisine in a casual environment, with no reservations taken except for parties of 6 or more. The service was good and the food was definitely tasty. Prices range from $8-$10 for appetizers/salads, and $15-$22 for main courses.