Before I started a food blog, my adventures didn’t include dinner. Admittedly, I was a bit of a weenie when it came to trying new food. Luckily, things have changed. A restaurant – that last year I wouldn’t go to because ‘there’s nothing there I can eat’ – has just blown me away with its phenomenal Restaurant Week $15 lunch menu.
Icoa Fine Dining offers ‘sweet and savories for Breakfast, Lunch and Corporate Functions.’ In addition to an interesting little menu, its got a kitchen store on the right side of the restaurant. A twofer! Anyway, on to lunch.
Clark Kent chose the Chicken Liver Pate with raisin compote, caramelized nuts and puffed cereal crisps. The pate was tasty but the show stopper was the raisin compote which ‘put it over the top,’ for CK.
I went with the marinated beetroot salad served with in-house smoked salmon, buttermilk creme, arugula and pine nuts. It was outstanding. This dish had a wonderful texture and the cream with the flavor and the yum…ohmigoodness! It was grand.
In a shocking display of veggie love, I had another salad for my main course. This time it was a local yellow fin tuna tataki nicoise salad. Another fabulous dish with quite the spicy punch. Uber-big though. It was a little more ‘dinner-sized’ than my lunch tummy could handle.
For his main, CK had the Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich which is braised beef short rib with cilantro on a crispy baguette.
It came with pickled carrots and daikon slaw with a sriracha sauce. ‘Very tasty,’ CK said ‘but way too much food.’ Looking at my notes I’m a little embarrassed we said that. What kind of foodies are we!?
Dessert was coffee for CK and passion fruit mousse cake for me. This was cheek-puckerable and a great way to end the meal. Even though I couldn’t have faced another bite of salad I magically found room for this whole slice.
|I just can’t keep him out of the cream.
This lunch was a great surprise and at only $15 a piece for three very generously sized courses, we couldn’t have been happier.
Oh! By the way, CK and I celebrated not only my 30th birthday on Monday but also our 5 year wedding anniversary! There was cheesecake-eating, Oktoberfesting, kite-flying, puppy-tormenting and friend-chilling 🙂