Our weekend started on Thursday night with a meal at Gary Danko. Friday night at Moose's, Saturday at Bistro Clovis, and Sunday at Antica Trattoria.
We don't usually eat out this often, this weekend just all the stars lined up for some reason...
A few highlights.
Of course services and food were all excetional at GD. Many posts have been done before on their food, I'll just say their grill ahi tuna with avocado and nori is still one of the best I've ever had. Our dinner companion had the table-side strawberry flambe served with angle food cake. Though we didn't have a taste, the aroma of the sweet carmalized sugar and grand marniar (sp?) and their oohs and ahhs sure made me wish I had a taste.
My husband's beet salad at Mooses's shows why this neighborhood favorit is always jam packed every night of the week. Golden and red beets are cooked to perfection to a sweet crunchy salad. Served along side is a small wedge of goat cheese a drizzle of honey, the combination of sweet and creamy really worked well with the earthy beets.
I had the smoke trout salad with bacon vinegarette. it was tastey but too salty for me. I guess both the bacon and smoke trout are salty items and combining the two was just a bit too much for me.
A pre-opera dinner was had at Bistro Clovis. I think it's one of the most under vauled places in the Civic Center area. They serve really down to earth French cuisine with more than resonable prices. I had the house cured gin and dill salmon as a stater and a lamb salad as entree. I really enjoyed the salmon. Drizzled with a mustard cream sauce, it was enjoyed with some perfectlyh dressed greens. I just loved the whisper of dill, not overpowering, just the right touch.
And if you are wondering what is a lamb salad (we did too) it's cold thinly sliced lamb served with baby romain lettuce salad and tomatoe and mint chutney. I wanted something light due to the hot afternoon we were having in the city, and the lamb salad really hit the spot. The service was attentive yet relax, and we made perfect time before curtin came up.
Meals at Antica Trattoria has never disappointed me. I had a calamri salad to start. The perfectly grilled calameri was not chewy, but just with enough of a bite, pair wonderfully with sweet mango and frisee. I wouldn't have image mango and calamri together, but it sure worked well last night.
I'm so glad the summer is here, so many fruits are in season and so glad to see so many restaurants are taking adventage of the bounty of the season!