Three Courses Paired with Three Drinks!
AH! Restaurant Week...really Restaurant Month is upon us! There are so many awesome places to check out that I'm thankful for the extra time to wine and dine. Christine, who is always great at picking spots, suggested that we go to Resto. The menu was promising and we were excited to try it out.
While we were deciding what to order, we got a cocktail. I got a tequila-mezcal-pineapple cocktail. It was delicious and very pretty. Naturally, I ordered this before seeing there was a wine/beer pairing for the three-course menu. Oh well...I was thirsty!
Christine decided to get a wine pairing (two reds and a Sauternes) with her meal and I went with a beer pairing. I'm trying to be more adventurous with beer and this gave me a great opportunity to try several different styles (light, IPA and stout).
For our first course, we both got the fried calamari served with rosemary and paprika aioli (aka fancy mayo - LOVE IT). I thought it seemed like the best option (other choices of chilled mint pea soup or country pate). I don't know about you, but pate makes me nervous.
Next up, Christine got the smoked ricotta tortellini with chanterelle mushroom and escarole and I got the olive oil poached hake with dijon creme fraiche (ooo so fancy!), charred radish and mizuna (a type of Japanese green). We both agreed that the entrees was delicious but a wee bit small. Personally, I avoid getting filled pastas on tasting menus because you end up with only a couple (Christine got 6). The fish was deliciously moist and clearly could have eaten a bigger piece! The third option was crispy pork belly - we were surprised there weren't more meat options on the menu given the spot's reputation for meat (and it's sister restaurant next door, Cannibal).
For dessert, we both got the chocolate brownie sundae. It was served with chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup. I told our server I wasn't a big chocolate on chocolate on chocolate dessert gal. I asked if I could have a different ice cream flavor (hello vanilla). I was glad to see when it came out it had salted caramel and vanilla ice cream - such a nice contrast. As you can see, the dessert was big, so it made up for the entrees coming in a bit small.
Overall, we had a wonderful dining experience with great service! The hostess brought over some complimentary cocktails when she saw me snapping up pictures and #hashtagging all over the place. I love when social media gives back.