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Plumed Horse Restaurant Review: Venetian plaster, curved walls and soft lighting create a romantic ambience in the dining room, while a blazing fire and comfortable lounge-bar offer a bright and casual environment for a far-from-casual meal. Local influences season the menu, from Santa Cruz sparkling wines included on the Champagne cart to the California-farmed Tsar Nicoulai caviar. A seven-course tasting menu is the best way to experience chef and co-owner Peter Armellino’s craft. Black pepper and Parmesan cheese soufflé with uni and Dungeness crab fondue is the don’t-miss dish. Local rabbit and South Texas antelope prepared several ways offer creative primary proteins without gaminess. Two courses of desserts, not including the palate-cleansing fresh fruit sorbet, are as well thought-out and plated as the entrées, as in the vanilla semifreddo, Italian meringue, passion fruit and olive oil curd. The wine list is exceptional and world-ranging, and we’d opt to choose one special bottle over the wine flights as the selection of the former far exceeds the latter.