I wanted to give a brief review of a great meal I have recently enjoyed. I am not sure if Arkansas gets much airtime on the boards here so hopefully I can help report some of the chow we have scattered throughout the state.
My annual birthday ritual includes taking myself out, alone, for a fantastic meal. It reminds me that I do indeed love myself and enjoy my own company.
Recommended by my good friend Beau Satori, The Grand Taverne located within the Grand Central Hotel in Eureka Springs is home to Chef David Gilderson, born to British parents and trained at L'Ecole de Cuisine Francaise in Littleton, Sussex.
The restaurant is beautiful and set in an historic hotel. The kitchen is visible to the patrons and makes for a fun experience of seeing the food prepared.
I was very nervous about ordering the 40 dollar entree of a meat I have never even tasted but the server encouraged me that if it was to be my first time for lamb then this was the chef to have prepare it.
So, I ordered the rack of lamb in a Cointreau mint sauce, and paired it with a Ravenswood Zin, Lodi. And the chef was kind and patient enough to even take the lamb back and cook it a little more as he served it a bit more rare than I was able to handle for my virgin run. Keep in mind, I am certain the lamb was cooked perfectly for most foodies...and after he accomodated my virgin palate, it was delicious. The zin was a good pairing. And then they surprised me with a beautiful plate with Happy Birthday written in chocolate and a lovely dessert that I thoroughly enjoyed.
For a great rack of lamb (as far as I know! ;-) and impeccable service,
The Grande Taverne
37 North Main
Eureka Springs, Arkansas