Novo Restaurant, San Luis Obispo

June 10, 2009

Lunch at Novo Restaurant in the historic downtown area of San Luis Obispo was my last chance to treat my sister and niece to a meal. I had high hopes for this restaurant known for its many international flavors.

We were seated on the patio overlooking the San Luis Creek. Could the fact that there wasn’t a cloud in the sky be a sign that this meal would be perfection? I had high hopes.

Consistent with the rest of my visit, we ordered a Central Coast wine, this time a crisp Tangent Albarino ($30).

In typical fashion, we opted to split everything. We started with deep-fried Potato Samosas ($8) — Indian spiced potatoes enclosed in wonton skins served with a mint chutney and cooling yogurt. Lucky for me, Shelly found them too spicy. I engulfed hers! Next we experienced the Novo Lettuce Wraps ($14) — grilled pawns, julienned vegetables, fresh mint & cilantro, nuoc nam (fish sauce), chili sauce and chopped roasted peanuts. To eat, you try to enclose all the ingredients in a lettuce leaf. Messy, but freshly delicious.

Next we nibbled their Singapore chicken satay ($13) — three skewers of grilled chicken in a housemade peanut sauce a bit too mild for me, but perfect for Cindy and Shelly. This was served with jasmine rice and cucumber salad. Lamb Kefta ($13) was our other tasty dish consisting of Moroccan spiced lamb drizzled with yogurt sauce, fresh greens, tomato, cucumber in a harissa vinaigrette and warm flat bread.

For dessert we split what Novo calls a lemon tart ($8). It’s not a tart per se, but tart lemon curd with fresh raspberries, whipped cream and crisp shortbread cookies for dipping.

I found my gift to them, as this meal, service and surroundings were perfection.

- bonnie

Novo Restaurant
726 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA

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