Hello! Joni Taitt Manradge here enjoying Hudson Valley Restaurant Week! I have lived in Westchester County for the majority of my life, and love to go to different restaurants that are not affiliated with large restaurant chains. I love to experience food at its finest within Westchester because I believe there are so many wonderful restaurants that are “in our back yard”. So, I wanted to share some thoughts on a neighborhood gem in Port Chester called Sonora.
Sonora features elegant Latin American cuisine within a cozy atmosphere. We (my husband and I) were greeted with warmth from many staff upon entering the establishment.
We were greeted by Crusty Italian Bread with Roasted Red Pepper Chimichurri while we awaited our appetizers. The chimichurri was phenominal. It was a light sweet spread that was a great accompaniment to the bread.
Here is what is left of the Chimichurri Sauce!
Then the appetizer was served:
Beet and Avocado Arugula Salad with Roasted Beet Vinaigrette
This salad has a nice balance of heartiness from the arugula leaves and the lightness of the roasted beet vinaigrette. The vinaigrette was sweet but not too sweet that you would not be able to enjoy the spice of the arugula leaves. The finishing touches were the avocado and the diced beets. Yummy!
On to the main course:
Grilled Salmon with Quinoa Taboleh Salad in a Saffron Garlic Reduction Sauce
The salmon cooked to a nice medium well – so as to enjoy the firm yet juicy texture of the fish. This was lightly seasoned so as to balance with the Quinoa Salad. Quinoa is similar to couscous in shape, but has a nutty flavor. This was paired with spinach, tomato and I believe some pineapple to bring out a sweet aftertaste. The saffron garlic reduction rounded out the dish as an accent to the salmon and the quinoa salad.
Just when you thought it was safe to breathe…..DESSERT!
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Guava Sauce. I loved the shortbread spoon positioned within the cheesecake! How creative! Cheesecake was very creamy.
Last but certainly not least: Drinks! My Husband had a Coconut Mojito:
He commented that he definitely tasted coconut milk in this, and that this is one of those drinks that could possibly sneak up on you!
Overall, we had a very nice experience at Sonora. It is a cute restaurant that is tucked away from “main street”, which definitely adds to the charm! Would definitely go there again to sample other dinner plates!