Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

We went to a restaurant I have been wanting to try for sometime. Elizabeth's Cafe. When we were engaged we went out for dinner on New Years Eve. That was 19 years ago. So obviously the New Years Eve dining out experience left a bad taste in our mouths. That all changed at Elizabeth's Cafe. We had reservations at 7pm along with a lot of other tables. But service was very good. The pace of the meal was not rushed at all. And the food... well I should have taken photos.

I started with St. Germain Cocktail which is make with Elderflower liqueur, prosecco and club soda. Yum. For appetizers I had Grilled Asparagus and Hen of the Woods Mushrooms
which was served with a Panko-coated and deep-fried poached Quail Egg, Parmigiano Reggiano Fondu, Crispy Prosciutto. Wow, I had never had a panko coated deep fried egg before never mind a quail egg. And the mushrooms were the same kind my dad use to pick. Delicious. Chris had the Lobster and Truffle Macaroni and Cheese. It was made with Petit Penne and Mascarpone Cheese. It could have been a meal itself. I have seen people using lobster in mac and cheese and now know why.

For dinner Chris had the Pan Seared Filet of Beef with Creamed Spinach on Brioche Toast and Truffle Sauce. I think he liked it. I had Red Snapper en Croûte with Melange of Seasonal Baby Vegetables in a Beurre Blanc Sauce. The crust was in the shape of a fish with the fins and even an eye. Very nice presentation and I just about cleaned my plate.

The food was not heavy and super rich, well except for the Lobster and Truffle Macaroni and Cheese, so we had dessert. Chris had the Warm Soft Chocolate Cake with Molten Dark Chocolate Center with Vanilla Ice Cream and I had the Fresh Fruit Tart. Both were very good. The Chocolate cake was the better of the two.

I tried a glass of Coppola Sofia Carneros Pinot Noir Rosé. It was a great meal and a memorable New Years. At least now when we think of eating out on New Years Eve the first think that will pop in our minds will not be speed dining.

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy new year!


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!!

My mouth is watering. I am glad that you did not take pictures, I would of had to clean the keyboard. :-)

Velva said...

Happy New Year to you! Your New Year's Eve dinner rocked. Everything
sounded delicious.

Erica said...

Happy new year, Lucia!

Kim said...

Wow - sounds like an absolutely fabulous dinner, starting with your cocktail, which sounds amazing! A wonderful new year to you!