Thursday, November 15, 2012

Be Thrifty and eat at The Refectory

A few days ago I predicted that the Dine Originals menu at The Refectory was the best way to spend $30 this week. After dining there on Tuesday night, I’m confident in saying The Refectory is worth every penny. The service was outstanding, the menu was exciting and the food was beautiful and perfectly cooked.

I mean seriously, just look at the Roasted Goat Cheese with shallots, olive oil and finished with a beet coulis. It was almost too pretty to eat. Wait... I take that back. There's nothing to pretty to eat. What a dumb saying. 

For me, the biggest surprise of the night was the Ohio Alpaca Terrine. I'm no chef so I'm sure this will sound crude but it tasted like the best friggin' summer sausage ever. And those cherries were definitely soaked in some sort of liquor making them little alcohol infused candy treats for me, me, me.

Here's the Roasted Duck Magret with candied fruits and mustard sauce. David said it was the best duck he's ever had. Perfectly cooked with incredible flavor were his exact words. Old stingy let me try half a bite (and if I'm being completely honest, I used my spoon to collect what was left of the sauce after he devoured the meal and I drank it like a soup. It was that good).  

Here's a shot of the bourbon brined grilled pork tenderloin. Lovely.

The colorful scottish salmon accented with a carrot beurre blanc.

I had the lake walleye marinated with wild herbs, pan seared and finished with a red bell pepper vin blanc. While I loved the crispy fish and mushrooms, I wasn't wild about the fried gnocchi. Didn't matter. I needed to save room for dessert anyway.

Full disclosure here, I've never had a crème brulée I didn't like. Having said that, this pumpkin crème brulée with a crispy palmier was outstanding.

Here's the alsatian apple tart with caramel sauce. I should have taken an after shot. This plate was nearly licked clean.

At this point I started to shut down. You know when you're so full that you get the glazed look in your eyes and it's hard to breathe so you just take deep breaths followed by long sighs. Maybe that's just me. So I didn't taste the chocolate bomb with coconut tuile but you can use your imagination. 

I'm going to try to hit up a few more Dine Originals Restaurants this week and I'd love to hear some of your favorites as well. Happy eating!

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