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Fine Dining in Davis: Winds of Change House

winds-of-change-house-bar-2Opened in April 2016, Winds of Change House is proving to be a very welcome addition to the Davis downtown dining scene. In a college town with more than its share of pizza, Mexican, and buffet sushi joints, Winds offers a nice alternative for folks who long for a little more variety.

Serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and brunch on weekends, the restaurant features American, French and Mediterranean fare, all crafted by chef Sami El Chami. “Our motto is ‘Quality Created with Love,’” the chef says unapologetically. With owner Roxanne Bucureciu and a dedicated staff, Winds is making good on that promise.

Lunches highlight a nice array of salads, burgers, sandwiches and desserts. The dinner menu features much the same, but also entrée specialties such as on-site rotisserie chicken, salmon and ahi, Duck a’ lOrange, and Barbecued Pork Ribs. Desserts include a meticulously constructed Tres Leches Cake with fresh fruit, Warm Espresso Brownie, and Bananas Foster (which is flambeed tableside). And where else do you know that serves grilled brussels sprouts, chilled jumbo gulf shrimp, and even Escargot as appetizers?

“We prepare all of our sauces here ourselves,” says Chami, “because we value freshness and that high quality above all else.” Besides their delicious in-house mayo, you’ll enjoy the whisky and fig lamb deglaze with their generous Rack of Lamb entrée. Or the lively soy ginger marinade that enlivens the Caribbean Rib Eye.

Another signature item: the shoestring potatoes. Chami spent $500 on a French fry cutter that cuts potatoes into 3/16th-inch pieces. They are uniformly crispy and well-seasoned; try them with Chami’s lovely garlic aioli dipping sauce.

To help wash all of this goodness down, Winds has a full bar, a selection of specialty cocktails, 18 beers on tap, and an extensive wine list that draws from France, Spain, Italy, and California.

You’ll find indoor and patio seating here, along with knowledgeable, attentive but not invasive service. Prices may seem a little dear (entrees run to the mid-$30 range) but the care put into the preparation and presentation make it all worthwhile.

Winds of Change House is at 110 D Street in downtown Davis. Hour: Tuesday through Sunday 11:30-2:30 (lunch) and 5-9 (dinner); Saturday-Sunday brunch is 10:30-2. For more information and reservations, call (530) 564-4214 or visit their website.

Website url: http://myotem.wixsite.com/windofchange

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