I did it guys. I was super adventurous. I tried out a restaurant I had never heard of before! And I will admit I was a little hesitant but it turned out alright. The husband and I really enjoyed ourselves and it was fun to try out a place even I hadn’t heard of before. When it comes to going out to eat, I always look at the menu and my main criteria is that I want to have a food adventure, I want to try something that
Will blow me away
I can’t easily duplicate at home (which is harder for me)
When I told my hubby about the couple pricing on Restaurant Week, I knew that was going to be our date for the week. After scouring the website for couple pricing restaurants AND looking at the menu AND consulting with him, we agreed on My Wine Cellar.
We snagged an outside table because it was absolutely beautiful out that day and I always like to eat outside, weather permitting. Being the adventurous eaters we are, we felt it right to order the whole restaurant week menu. Ya’ll, we got to eat 6 dishes for $44! You cannot beat that no matter where you go! So let me take yon this delectable taste bud tour of our Restaurant Week excursion.
Let me first start off by saying that I was pleasantly surprised that our water was flavored! Yeah, not just regular, plain water. It was flavored with cucumbers, it was a nice touch and very refreshing. Love those types of tiny details! Now for the first course we had the Seared Prawns and the Cast Iron Local Vegetables. We loved the prawns (at least I did!), the kimchi salsa was bright and flavorful with the nice buttery prawns and the arugula salad on the side with the citrus vinaigrette was bright and wonderfully contrasted the prawns.
The veggies… Wow, wow, wow. There is nothing in this world that makes my heart happier (except for mac and cheese) than beautifully roasted veggies. When veggies are cooked correctly and treated with extra care, it’s such a wonderful thing. Our veggies were zucchini, asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, sweet potato, and radishes. All of them were super yummy with the balsamic and I just wanted more.
Our entrees, let me tell you. I was super excited when I read on the menu that they had mac and cheese. Not just mac and cheese, a Rueben mac and cheese. So you all already know my dirty secret that my favorite food is Kraft mac and cheese; however, not many know that I dig a really good Rueben sandwich and I will say it is the only way I’ll ever eat sauerkraut. This mac and cheese, everyone, was amazing! I am so glad someone thought this idea up because it works! The pastrami pieces and even the thousand island breadcrumb elevated this dish! I had a hard time sharing half of this dish… not even gonna lie.
The Miso Pork Shoulder was a good dish, however, to be honest, we did get some crunchy parts, which for a braised meat, shouldn’t happen… but the flavor was spot on! The ginger-fresno honey was very complimentary to the flavor of the meat and I love bok choy, so no complaints there. This was served with corn tortillas, which I had a hard time understanding why it was on the plate since it was clearly an Asian inspired dish and not a fusion dish, but it made for a good vessel to sop up the rest of the juices and honey left behind.
For the course that everyone waits for when going out. Dessert. Now I don’t know about you but I am semi partial to a really well done panna cotta; this panna cotta didn’t need much of flavoring to it because the honey, pistachios, and white chocolate-ginger mousse all helped with the flavor profiling of this dish. My only complaint: they had a layer of crushed pistachios in between the mousse and the panna cotta; I like it to be smooth all the way through. Personal preference though, still mighty delicious!
The carrot cake, man oh man. I was so excited to try the grapefruit curd (I told my husband later on that even though I knew that the curd was still going to be yellow in color, much like lemon curd, when I had read grapefruit curd, I imagined a purple colored curd; so strange!). The cake was delicious and moist, the buttercream was perfectly complimentary and I thought was a great alternative to the cream cheese frosting we all know; not that there is anything wrong with a cream cheese frosting, I just think it gets old is all. Anywho, the grapefruit curd was very refreshing to the buttercream and I loved it paired with this cake. The ginger cream, I was imaging it to have a bit of a citrus flavor to it in order to tie it all together but with it just being ginger (and not hardly sweetened), I thought it could have been upped a bit in flavoring just to round it all out. My humble opinion, though.
So there ya have it, my Restaurant Week excursion! I tried a new place I had never heard of before and overall, we were happy with our choice for dinner (though there is a place serving a S’more’s fondue… I’m not even kidding). What food adventures have you gone on lately? What are some of your favorite restaurants you want me to check out?
Go support the local restaurants participating in Restaurant Week! Happy eating everyone and let me know where you go and what you enjoyed.