When looking for a restaurant to celebrate Valentine's Day, I called around and settled on TEMPO, mainly because of the Menu. We have been there many times before, and always enjoyed the experience.
It was a thoroughly dreadful night, and we figured the only safe way to get there was by Subway. We finally trekked through the ice, snow, and wind, and arrived at TEMPO, where the party was in full swing.They were fullly booked and veryone showed up!
We were shown to our table in the larger back room. Tables beautifully set with crisp white tablecothes, and thankfully, tables are very spread out, not crowded together.
Delicious Kir Royale aperitifs served with their crusty bread and a dish of their fragrant, fruity, green EVOO. The little dish of sea salt is a nice touch. The special Menu and the Wine List looked wonderful. When there are three or four things you could absolutely have, the choosing gets serious.
After much hesitation among the many wonderful choices, Black Truffle Risotto, Buratta Cheese, Porcini Tarte Tatin, and more, I chose the Porcini Tart, my DH chose the Buratta. Both were excellent. The tart was rich, unctious, and very satisfying. The highly perfumed fresh Porcini with an aged Balsamic vinegar were excellent. The Buratta was warm and flowing, served with a fresh tomato and olive salad on crostini.
The main dishes were superb. I chose the Lobster and my DH chose the Braised Pork Belly. The Lobster was a nice sized portion of half a large lobster served with tiny potatoes,roasted garlic cloves, leek and asparagus, in a light butter sauce. The sauce was assertive enough, but basically allowed the fresh sweetness of the Lobster to shine through. The Braised Pork was sweet and very rich. It was a beautiful sight to behold, mahogony glazed and shining, set off on a bed of sauteed Cabbage and Green Lentils.
The Desserts were excellent. The Pear and Caramel Streusel Tart was warm, beautifully caramelized, and served with a nice scoop of Cinnamon Ice Cream. The Terrine of Three Chocolates was wonderful, served with a Sour Cherry Coulis. Petit Four and Truffles were served with Coffee.
A beautiful dinner on a frightful night. We couldn't find a cab for the ride home, so we walked back to the Subway in the snow . Although we had to wait a long time for the Subway, we made it back home just fine.
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