Another week in MSP and for his last meal this week Jfood went to an old standard, 112 eatery. He was looking forward to the tagliatelle w/ foie gras meatballs and it was just a matter of what to have as an entrée. As he sat at the bustling bar eating those great olives, he thought back to his first visit when he met the great couple from Chicago who offered him a piece of their chicken and recommended Nonni’s. The husband was very insistent on the steak and given the great meal Jfood ate the night before at Nonni’s, he figured this guy was really on his game. So Jfood went with the nori encrusted sirloin w/ ponzu.
The tagliatelle arrived and to be perfectly honest it was not up to the standards that Jfood had so much enjoyed in the past. He is not saying it was bad, but the meatballs themselves lack the deep flavor of the foie gras and if Jfood was blindfolded he would have guessed veal meatballs, not foie gras. The pasta was perfectly cooked but the sauce also lacked the flavor that he experienced in previous visits. The standards were so high in Jfood's mind he was disappointed. Alas, he can only rate this dish a 6 on this visit.
The steak arrived and the first item Jfood noticed that the nori was not encrusted around the steak, but was shredded on top. Personally this was a better choice. A nice dollop of wasabi accompanied the steak in the ponzu sauce. The steak was perfectly cooked medium-rare. And then the first bite. Now Jfood has never eaten ponzu with steak and he was not sure how it would work, and the first bite was a bit overwhelming. A deep breath and Jfood was ready for his second bite. His palate was ready this time, and the flavors were anticipated. OK, he’s beginning to like this combo. Next slice was cut and a little wasabi was placed on the steak. Now there were a lot of flavors all over the palate and Jfood gave a grin. Bit four was fully anticipated and the grin turned into a full smile and Jfood was ready to move through this dish with pure enjoyment. At the end he has to give the dish a 9. But if you order the dish be prepared for an initial shock to the palate on the first bite with the ponzu.
So this trip Jfood added to restaurants to his list, Inonni Osteria Enoteca in Lilydale and Arezzo Ristorante in Edina and placed one on the DNR list, Salut in Edina. All in all a pretty good week. Jfood is happily spending next week at home with Mrs Jfood, so no new restaurants for him in your great town.
And as they say a couple of states away. Vote early and often.
Thanks to all the MSP CH’ers for your guidance and suggestions.