Went to check out St. Pete Brasserie on Central Avenue early yesterday evening. While we were planning on ordering dinner, when we got there we learned that from 4 PM (I think) until 7 PM Monday through Saturday all appetizers (with the exception of crab cakes, artisan cheese plate, beef tenderloin carpaccio and seared scallops) were $5 and your bar tab was 50% off (this even included selections from the wine list!). KerCHING! This deal was available in the bar area, only...which was very nice. The place was really lovely overall, and the bar seating looked quite comfy and provided bistro-style tables along the plate glass window overlooking the street. The hub-unit and I quickly changed gears and decided to go for the half-price wine and dine tapas style.
The lovely glass of Clos du Val Chardonnay (which would've been kinda splurgy at $12 a glass) didn't make me feel a bit guilty for ordering it at $6...so I had three! ;)
A basket of fresh bread arrived, and we started with Chicken Liver Mousse (it was tasty, but not the best...it was very airy, and I prefer more of a pate consistency); the Onion Tart Alsacien Style which was really good...sweet onions and creamy, cheesy goodness baked in a perfect, flaky pastry shell with a dollop of creme fraiche on top; and Moulees Gratinee, which were mussels which had been baked in a buttery manchego and parmesean sauce. This was my first experience with cheesy mussels, and I really liked them. The fresh French bread was great for sopping up the extra sauce with.
For round two, we selected Crab Stuffed Oysters, which were fresh and beautifully presented atop a bed of rock salt. The crab topping almost seemed deep-fried, which was tasty but somewhat distracting. It was interesting, but it didn't wow me enough to put it in my "Must Go Back For More" file. Next came Escargot served "en Cocotte" (which, to the best that I could determine, meant that they all came swimming together in a little dish as opposed to being served on an escargot plate)with red wine, butter, garlic and shallots. They rawked. Finally, we tried the Tuna Tartar which was recommended by our server. To be fair, I'm not much of a raw fish eater...but this was very fresh and tasty. The tuna was finely chopped and marinated with an interspersing of capers, and presented molded into a round with toast points.
For dessert, the hubster ordered a Flourless Chocolate Torte with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice cream that was amazing, and I tried the Blueberry Peach Tart with Pecan Crust and Vanilla Ice Cream. It was a beautiful dessert and had an interesting cayenne pepper kick to it, which I really liked. The filling was more corn-starchy than I prefer, but tasty nonetheless.
We were there for two hours, got wonderful service, and the food was quite good overall. We had three glasses of wine apiece (all some of the more expensive by-the-glass selections) along with a glass of port for him and one of sparkling wine for me with dessert, and got out of there for $100.
Not an unforgettable experience, but worthwhile nonetheless...especially for happy hour.
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