Last night was the first prix fixe dinner with wine pairings at Bistro Verdu in Glendale. (Who knew how big Glendale is? Yahoo or Mapquest this restaurant because the address was not in our navigation software.)
It was splendid. I meant to squirrel away a menu so I could describe each of the wines accompanying the courses, but at the end of the meal, I forgot. Go figure, you generous wine servers! I loved the big rose at the beginning of the meal, the white blend immediately after, and the middle red. Oh, well.
First course was pureed turnips with a pear chutney, lighter and more fluid than a simple puree, but with enough texture to differentiate it from a soup. It was yummy....an intermezzo followed of a goat cheese covered crouton with what appeared to be more of the pear chutney, but not sure because it was a surprise extra not on the menu. I ate it and it was good.
Offered as a second course was duck confit with sausage and white beans. Lovely mix of textures with a salty, smokey flavor. Reminded me more of a Spanish style dish than French. I ate that too, and it was good.
Mains were a choice of salmon or filet tenderloin. I chose the steak. Due partially to the generous pours of the handsome wine servers (*wink*wink*) and my own zealousness in tasting, I'll be darned if I can remember exactly what was accompanying that succulent, perfectly cooked piece of beef...I think there was some bacon on top and some bleu cheese crumbles? It was cooked perfectly. I am picky about steak. I like it cooked so it is pink in the middle with some juices still flowing but not mooing, and the chef served it just to my liking. It was delish! Probably my favorite course.
You all may think I am a freak of nature, but I do not have a huge sweet tooth. Dessert was a combination of two chocolate concoctions that looked stunning, but I just had no room left. Not to leave the dessert lonely without a wine pairing, there was a little late harvest something or other that I quite enjoyed.
All the above, with extremely generous pours as my slight headache is reminding me, was a mere $80. The one problem? We were the last group to finish and CORE was sold out of two of the wines I wanted to buy before we left the table. Boo! I did go home with several bottles of a syrah that was lovely and I am looking forward to drinking on my back porch sometime this spring.
There is another such dinner coming up at Bistro Verdu late-March or early-April. Keep your eyes peeled!