I have lost some Brownie points in the eyes of the great Flying Spaghetti Monster in the sky this weekend. For our anniversary, my husband and I went to a swanky restaurant in one of the posh parts of town where the clientele all have sweaters tied around their shoulders and poodles on the ends of their leashes... And I ordered foie gras for the first time.
It was fucking amazing. I pity the goose that gave up its liver to me in a (most likely) uncomfortable manner, but it was so worth it. I actually gave out a groan, breaking for a moment from my trying not to draw attention to myself as I had obviously over-dressed given the polo shirts at the table next to us. I don't usually care, but it was a sexy slinky number and I wasn't wearing a bra. I have never gone out without the over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder on before so I was a little subconscious. I have gone out without underwear before, but that's a different story.
The pan-seared foie gras sat atop a walnut bread crust and all around the plate were these little.. Berries... I wish I could remember what they were, but the online menu doesn't even mention this dish. Anyway, they had been soaked in brandy and they were divine... They were sweet, spicy, and I felt a little light headed after just one. I suddenly decided that would be the most decedent way to get drunk... To lie back and eat a bowl full of these little beauties. I stifled the instinct to inadvertently recreate that scene from When Harry Met Sally, but only just.
This was a restaurant I was going to review for a certain colleague of mine, so if that colleague is reading this, it's a two forks up for me. The service was tremendous, the decor good (Red, cavernous, simple), the ambiance good but a tad more noisy than we expected possibly because of the architecture, the food was affordable and creative while still including popular favorites. I didn't try their famous lobster because I didn't know what the market price was and I didn't want to ask. They wrote "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate on the dessert we shared, and then excluded it from the bill.
They've acquired two new friends.