Yesterday was a big day--first I closed on my house and then I was invited to a preview dinner for the Washington Place Bistro and Inn. (It may or may not be true that I moved up my closing in the day so that I could attend this dinner. I was pretty excited about it!) The restaurant and inn are located in the space the Baricelli used to operate in. And I know it's in Little Italy but I am kind of excited it's not Italian food.
The first course was actually a Roasted Beet an Goat Cheese Salad. (forgot to photograph because I was too busy digging in) The second course was a Oxtail Pierogie made with oxtail ragout, Ohio City Pasta truffled potato pierogie with caramelized onion and horseradish creme fraiche. It was delicious!
The third course was Dayboat Scallops with a butternut squash risotto, pearl onions, apple cider buerre blanc and micro greens. The scallop was cooked perfectly and the butternut squash rissoto perfect for the season. This might have been my favorite dish.
Next up, Braised Pot Roast. The dish included chef's garden carrots roasted garlic mashers and a big red reduction. (I had the only white carrot at my table---and I had to turn the plate because every photo I took looked like it was porn, food porn but still) This too was delicious. It was getting really hard to pick a favorite because each dish was unique and pretty amazing.
Because I haven't eaten enough at this point. We finished the meat/protein portion of our evening with the Pan Seared Wild Pacific Salmon with cauliflower gratin and a few other things that unfortunately at this point I started to reach food nirvana and my brain could not retain anything more. I am not a huge fan of salmon (or any fish for that matter) but this was also good. I really liked the cauliflower.
And dessert, oh dessert. (This is the place where a really great meal can go really wrong for me. I ate at a place that everyone seems to love that I only seem to tolerate and honestly after the last dessert I had there, I won't be going back anytime soon. So yes, dessert is a pretty big deal to me) This dessert did not disappoint. It was a chocolate brownie with chocolate Jeni's ice cream. You had me at Jeni's!
The whole meal was amazing and even though I am a west sider who rarely crosses E4th for dining (with a few exceptions-Maxi's and L'Albatros are the main reasons I venture east), I can't wait to go back---I will be trying the Shrimp and Grits, the Mack and Cheese, and the PRESTI'S GLAZED DONUTE BREAD PUDDING!!!!! Holy yum-tastic! (And I had a little sample of the Maple Martini----Cabin fever maple whiskey, maple syrup and a splash of soda. Those could get dangerous.)
You can find out more info about the inn and their website.