This has been reviewed in other threads but I had such a fantastic meal there I thought I'd give it it's own thread. I made my reservation online and called a week later to confirm because I hadn't heard anything. The chef and co-owner Jenna Johansen answered the phone and apologized profusely that I hadn't heard anything. I also let her know that it was a celebration dinner for my 30th and mom's 55th birthdays. Our reservation was for 6:30 and I'm glad it was that early because the event took 2 hours and 45 minutes but it was thoroughly enjoyable. The service was casual and friendly but very good. For anyone who doesn't know Dish is a small plates restaurant with a daily changing menu based on what is available at it's freshest. A couple of nice touches was a glass of extra silverware on the table. We were given the choice of bottled water or bottled and chilled tap water. Now on to the food.
Amuse Bouche was popcorn with truffle oil and parmesan which was a wonderful way to get the taste buds going. I ordered a cucumber mojito while mom got a pear martini both of which were wonderful on a hot day.
We chose the 7 dish tasting menu ($40 each) but asked specifically for the salmon dish on the menu. The first two dishes came out in tiny glass tea cups. The first was what they call The Original which is shaved serrano ham, a small piece of manchego cheese and a splash of sherry. The second was creamy organic carrot soup with ginger and fresh sage. The bite of the ginger was pleasantly intense. I love ginger so I was delighted.
The third dish was yellow corn fresh off the cob with garlic, scallions and an english pea coulis. The corn was sweet and balanced by the bite of the scallions and garlic. It tasted like summer.
Our fourth dish was grilled eggplant and portabella grilled and served napoleon style with fresh chevre and basil pesto. Something about the texture of eggplant usually turns me off but this was delicious.
Next up was the salmon dish we requested. Bella coola wild king salmon tartare served tossed with a lemon aioli along side diced english cucumber, red onion and avocado. The salmon was perfect and the rich aioli was balanced nicely by the cucumber and onion.
This is about where mom ordered her hibiscus martini while I ordered a salty dog with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. It should be noted that since they are attached to a very good wine shop (named one of America's best new boutique shops in Food & Wine) the wine list is very nice as well but we were in a cocktail type of mood.
Buffalo carpaccio from King Canyon Ranch served with garlic crostini, capers and horseradish dill crema. The delicate flavor of this was delicious and I could have eaten an entire meal of this and the salmon.
Finally, we were treated to two different desserts. The first, a tiramisu, which was a recipe the chef learned while studying in Italy. The server told us she has had italian women request this recipe. It was perfectly moist without being soggy, my normal complaint with tiramisu. Next we were brought a dish not even on that evenings menu. Fresh local cherries, brandied, served over shortbread with a black pepper whipped cream. Oh, what a perfect balance of tart, bite, sweet and crunchy.
I definitely be back frequently when I'm up at the family home in Eagle-Vail. This is a treasure and I do hope that they continue to be successful.
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