Sunday, February 15, 2009

I Mentioned the Bisque

Last night for Valentine's Day we went to a four-course prix fixe meal at a restaurant I've been wanting to go to ever since I moved to Maryland: Rock Creek Restaurant, which has branches in Mazza Gallerie and in Bethesda. We went to the Bethesda location. I read about it in Cooking Light one time because it's "mindfulness-based dining." All the food is under 600 calories, everything is made with healthy ingredients and local produce and stuff like that, and nutritional information is available right on the menu. It's neat. And it was YUMMY! We had an enjoyable time.

The meal started off with multigrain bread and hummus. The best hummus. Yum. The rest of our meal was as follows. I'll post the parts of the menu that we ate.

First Course

Lobster Bisque (We both had the bisque, it was delicious)
Maine Lobster, Pernod, Tarragon

Second Course

Blue Fin Tuna Tartare (Gibby had this and it was yummy, like a spicy tuna roll)
Jalapenos, Scallions, Sesame Seeds, Seaweed, Wasabi-Tamari Sauce

For some reason mine isn't listed. I had sweet potato gnocchi with cranberries, pistachios, butternut squash, feta cheese, and a vegetarian demi glace that was quite possibly the best dish of the night.

Third Course

Passion Fruit Glazed Diver Scallops (This is what I had, and it was yummy)
Red Quinoa, Arugula, Guajillo Passion Fruit Sauce

Grilled Duck Breast (This is what Gibby had, and he didn't like it. He has pet ducks)
Chestnut Spaetzle, Brussels Sprouts, Pink Peppercorn Sauce

Dessert

Rock creek Chocolate Cake (Gibby had this and it was kind of like a brownie lava cake)
Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sauce

Broiled Pineapple (I had this and it was absolutely fantastic)
Saffron Sauce and Coconut Lime Sorbet


Then as we were leaving they gave us two little truffles: a chocolate one for Gibby, and a coconut-covered passion-fruit filled one for me. Delicious.

Yaaaay for Valentine's Day!

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