Saturday, January 24, 2009
But if you guys have some recommendations, we would love to hear them!
Monday, December 29, 2008
For the appetizer course, I had the butternut squash bisque with granny smith apples and blue cheese crumbles. The bisque was excellent. The cheese was an excellent compliment to the tartness of the apples. And one of my favorite foods this time of year is butternut, so it's a win-win for me!
My husband had the winter ragout with venison, cremini mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, pumpkin gnocchi, and glazed chestnuts. Aside from the fact that he doesn't like mushrooms, he said the dish was very good. (He did pick around the mushrooms.)
For the main course, Josh had the beef short ribs over sauteed spinach and red cabbage with apples. The dish looked delish and it was cooked perfectly. Josh throughly enjoyed it. In fact he enjoyed it so much that he practically licked the bowl.
For my main course, I chose the chef's special: Pistachio-crusted red snapper. Sadly, I was not a fan. It reminded me too much of those frozen fish sticks. The salad underneath was tasty, but I didn't eat the fish.
However, the dessert course was wonderful. We decided to share the sampler. There was a toffee pudding, vanilla ice cream over a pistachio cookie, and a death-by-chocolate brownie with chocolate syrup. I wasn't a fan of the toffee pudding, but the rest of the dessert course was great.
Overall, I was disappointed with the entree, but the dessert and appetizer courses were good. I will have to give this meal a C+. However, I will say that all the other meals I've had here were wonderful. So I will definately give Bloomsbury another chance.
Tomorrow I will post my review of Flemings.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Onto the food! The appetizer list was extensive! Some of the more interesting features on the menu are: Elk Carpaccio, Foie Gras, Duck Consomme, and Kobe Sliders. We had the hot rock for the appetizer. It consisted of strips of tenderloin and gulf shrimp seared over a very hot rock (hence the name!). The tenderloin was lovely and juicy, the shrimp were wonderful.
The entrees selection was very diverse. This restaurant is not for the faint of heart. The highlights of the menu were Bison Ribeye, Artic Char, Veal Osso Bucco, Game Hen, and Wild Boar. My fiance thought he was in heaven. I thought for sure he would be all over the blackened Bison Ribeye with huckleberry glaze (he has never met a steak he didn't like), but he went with the Game Hen in a cranberry glaze and apple stuffing. I decided on the ribeye for my entree. Having had bison before, I was curious to see how they would prepare it to make it "less gamey". I am happy to report that not only was the steak cooked to perfection, it was tender and juicy as well. The huckleberry glaze did nothing for me and personally, I would not have missed it. My fiance was extremely pleased with his hen, and has decided that adding apples to the stuffing this Thanksgiving is a terrific idea.
Be warned: the sides at Solas are not part of the entree; howevers the waiters make it seem like they are when you order. Also, when we asked the waiter if the sides were big enough to share, he stated that they were individually portioned. Now, I'm not exactly sure how much our waiter eats on a regular basis, but the two sides we ordered with our meal were more than enough for both of us! We had the sauteed spinach with garlic and the sugar snap peas with macadamian nuts. The sugar snap peas were tasty; however, unless you are warding off vampires (or your date), I would recommend staying clear of the spinach. The garlic was so overpowering I thought I was eating a bowl of garlic cloves instead of spinach.
The wine list is not the most impressive I've seen, but they do have a decent selection. The wines by the glass however, is limited. I had a glass of the Trinity Oaks Pinot Noir with my meal. Overall not a bad pinot, but not a great one either. For $8/glass, I've certainly had better in other restaurants.
For dessert, we ordered the flourless Chocolate Torte. For true chocolate lovers, this is right up your ally. Now I like my chocolate as much as the next girl, but even this was a little much. Death by chocolate is how I would describe it. I think my fiance & I were on a sugar rush by the time we reached the end.
Overall, I found the food enticing, but the music was very distracting and did not create an enjoyable dining experience. I would have to give Solas a B-.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
First up: Solas in Downtown Raleigh! Review to come soon!