Chef: Jair Téllez
We chose to have dinner at Laja the first night we stayed in Valle de Guadalupe. It’s only 5km north of the turnoff for La Villa de Valle on Route 3 so an easy outing after driving down from Los Angeles.
Laja reminded us of French Laundry due to being in a converted farm house adjacent to the garden used to source the majority of the vegetables. It is less elegant which to me is a positive as its more approachable (no jacket require, in fact the sommelier was wearing a t-shirt and shorts while jovially interacting with guests) and much less expensive.
We ate in the large dining room in the farmhouse. There is also outdoor seating with a grill menu we learned about. You can opt to sit outdoors under a sturdy old tree.
The menu is prix fixe. You have a choice of four (4) or eight (8) courses. As it was our first night we opted for the full 8 and left just full enough.
Here are photos of our courses.
Farm House and Me
First Course : Orange and Carrot Gazpacho
One of my favorite dishes. The bread and olive oil base of the gazpacho came through in an assertive way to clearly claim its role in the heritage of the soup.
Second Course : Arugula and Tomato Salad
Served a leafier arugula than I’m used to in the states, milder too.
Third Course : Yellow tail sashimi
Fourth Course : Garden vegetable cannelloni
Delicate, fresh, and tasty
Fifth Course : Grilled Whitefish
Skin was so crispy, flesh so scrumptiously flaky.
Sixth Course : Filet Mignon
Eighth Course : Chocolate with cookie and Creme fraisch ice cream.
First bottle of wine