A few weeks ago, my husband received a small award for a work project. Included in the award was dinner for two with up to a $100 budget. As we are still fairly new to St. Louis I posted a request to this board for suggested dining locations. We received many great suggestions - thanks to all who took time to share their choices!
We ended up going to Harvest, although it was a second choice. We actually wanted to try Bella Citta, but when I called to make reservations, I discovered they were closed for vacation. So, we opted for Harvest.
It turned out to be a fine choice. My husband is not as adventurous with food as I am. Harvest was a perfect choice for me, but I feared he might struggle to find something on the menu he would enjoy. The menu was creative and not extensive, but did seem to offer something for all tastes.
We started with the Maryland Crabcake appetizer to share. The server mentioned it was only one cake, but said she would have it split for us. The crabcake was very flavorful and we both enjoyed it, but it did leave us wishing for more than one half... :)
We then spilt the Caesar Salad. We were pleased by the excellent flavored dressing on crispy romaine lettuce with a generous sprinkling of finely shredded parmesan cheese.
My spouse ordered the Polenta encrusted Halibut with a roasted tomato, onion, and asparagus compote. The Halibut was prepared to perfection and was tender and moist. The polenta was a superb complement to the mild fish. He was not crazy about the veggies that accompanied the fish, but he is not a veggie fan. I sampled the roasted asparagus and found it had a crisp-tender texture with a slightly Smokey flavor.
I opted for a Summer Seafood Cioppino. It was delightfully prepared with tender seafood, pearl pasta, mushrooms, and summer squash in a very light tomato sauce with just the right amount of spiciness for the dish.
For dessert, my spouse had a Bing Cherry and Chocolate "Financier." It was rich with cherries and chocolate and he thoroughly enjoyed it. I had the bread pudding that was recommended by the server as a house specialty. I do like bread pudding and this was one of the best I have ever had! It was moist and very richly flavored by the currant and bourbon sauce.
We did go over the $100 limit, but after paying for our wine separately we were below $100. It was a pleasant dinner and we would go back.
The dining area appeared smaller than I had expected. I am not sure how many patrons it seats. I highly recommend reservations. We went fairly early and went right to our table. By 7:30pm the place was packed.
The service was excellent. Our sever was knowledgeable, willing to answer questions about the food or wine, and willing to offer suggestions. By the time we left, the tables were full, but we never felt like it was "busy." The atmosphere remained tranquil and relaxed.