I dont like meat
Well... I should say, I don't like strong meat flavors, especially in game and seafood. I perfer take my protein simmered with sauces (Curries), coated with marinade (BBQ) or Raw (Because raw meat doesn't taste like "meat"
So, when I discoved that last night's family menu at Campanile included Roast Goose, I wasn't over the moon about it. But, it was an opportunity to spend an evening with 8 other wonderful hounds, so how could I pass it up.
Incase you didn't know, Monday's is Campanile's Family Menu night. It's a price fixe 3 course meal for $35 (no wine) that is served family style. So it's a great deal and very cozy because you'll be passing around big plates of food!
Well all arrived on time for our 7:15 reservation and were very promptly seated in the front room. I was a little concerned because with the high ceilings, I thought it would be overly noisy. But with great food and company, yes it was bit loud, but it didn't put a dent into our experience at all.
Now, before sitting down I had to do a little wandering and as I passed the open kitchen, I was enveloped by the most wonderful smells. Herbs baking sauteing It was a perfect way to set up the senses for a grand meal to come
Starters included very rustic La Brea Bakery Bread (Sadly no Olive Loaf!) with butter and salt YUM! Also a little later, plates of Olives, Caper Berries and Almonds.
The appetizer was clam and bacon tart. A very generous slice of a cheese based tart with a thin crust. The flavors were complex with a huge overtone of smoke which worked well with the underlying clam. The clams also brought a fun texture to the dish, surprising you when you hit a slightly chewy bite.
Next came the big dishes. Huge Quarters of Steamed Cabbage with Spices, Generous Slices of Roast Goose including two legs, Yorkshire Puddings for everyone and additionally we ordered Basalmic Brussel Sprouts.
The veggie dishes were EXCELLENT! I love cabbage and the spices and slight tartness totally kicked my recent craving for saurkraut into high gear! The Brussel Sprouts were not only tasty, but the cutest and tenderest sprouts I've ever seen! I could eat these by the basket
The Yorkshire Pudding was pretty, but l not very memorable and as for that much feared goose I LOVED IT!! It was roasted in a sauce I can't even describe (But happily pour all over my slices!) and the skin was cooked SO crispy and of course had the flavor concentrated in I honestly had never had goose before, but the taste was very subtle (Not at all like duck ) and I would happily try it again! (Especially if Mark Peel is cooking it! :D)
Finally, finally came dessert Apple Turnover with Maple Cinnamon Ice Cream. The Turnover very nice with a thick shell and nicely prepared apple pieces. But the ice cream was the star! You could tell it was Maple, but the cinnamon packed just enough punch to keep you guessing And if that wasnt enough one of our party is not a dessert fan, so for a fee they subbed the dessert for a 3 cheese plate! BEAUTIFUL plate with generous slices of cheeses that included a very strong, but yummy sheep milk
All in all, a wonderful evening of food and good company!