Charcuterie lonza, chorizo
Brie de meaux cow, ile de france
Morbier cow, franche-comte, france
We asked the waiter to help us select the cheeses because we didn’t know much about cheeses, but I did pick the the comte. The waiter said, “I like how the girl who says she knows nothing about cheeses pick a great cheese.” What can I say?
Brussel Sprouts hazelnuts, dates
I think everyone was expecting roasted sprouts and not shaved raw sprouts. Still tasty.
Mussels saffron cream, fennel
I’m used to mussels cooked in a light white wine base, but the cream was not too heavy here. The saffron gave it a nice Spanish touch.
Oxtails ceci purée, coriander
This was one of my favorite dishes of the night. I found the pairing of bread with the bean puree and stewed meats to be a bit heavy. I enjoyed the oxtails on their own sans carbs. Loved it!
Beets satsumas, pistachio aillade
Your run of the mill beet salad. Nothing too memorable to praise or fault here.
Salt Roasted Branzino oregano, pine nuts
There was a huge lag with the next set of dishes. While the conversation amongst our Bear crew is always fun and entertaining, we eventually noticed that maybe more than 30 minutes had passed before the rest of our food came out. Not cool…but they ended up giving us dessert on the house! The fish really won everyone over. Branzino has to be one of the biggest NEVER FAIL fishes. It’s not just never bad, its usually pretty darn good!
Porcini Crusted Hanger Steak funghi misti, aceto
Some did not thing much of the hanger steak, but I quite liked the savory char and the earthy mushrooms. Something here was a tad oily though.
Little Bear really wanted the carbonara. I’ve never been a fan of carbonara. Too much cream, cheese, bacon though I guess that’s the best way to win over the majority of Americans. I like a little more complexity in my pastas. So I wouldn’t be the best judge of carbonara anything. I will comment on the spaghetti being way too al dente, but some of my dining companions liked it that way.
Pappardelle lobster, smoked roe
I grew up with 2 siblings so I know how to share. That doesn’t mean I like to share. After chopping up the 2 little lobster claws into 6 pieces, there just wasn’t enough of it to enjoy. The piece I did get was delicious. Again, I didn’t like the texture of the pasta here.
Creste di Gallo calabrian sausage, breadcrumbs
I didn’t know what creste di gallo was when I ordered this. I think we all just saw “sausage” and started salivating. But I finally figured it out as I saw the shape of the pasta, which was shaped like the crest of a rooster. This packed quite a bit of heat. A hearty dish.
Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta
I found it a bit odd that the selection of desserts were all chocolate/coffee based. It felt a little unbalanced. But for 6 people, 3 free desserts only seemed right even if they were similar. Your standard chocolate custardy pudding thang. Yummy chocolate tuile.
Bread Pudding All’Affogato vanilla caramel, pecans
This was hands down the best dessert of the night. Great variety of textures and balance of sweets and good depth with the coffee.
Stroopwafel & Hot Chocolate cardamon, teeccino gelato
This was definitely not as fancy or exotic as it sounded. I was expecting something as awesome as a smurf on a plate. Sadly, it was just a big crispy waffle that you were supposed to dunk in the holt chocolate below. It was a bit awkward to eat let alone share among 6.
10 – You NEED to eat here
8 – Very good
4 – Not bad