Had a x-mas dinner here with the work crew last night. Drawback to work dinners is that you end up with a special menu with the standard 3-4 entrees (steak, fish, chicken or pasta, vegetarian). Some might see it as a good thing, as there are only a few things to do, so they should do them right, but in my experience the special menu food usually is a notch below what they normally do. Having said that, if I encounter a good meal at one of these functions, I make a point to return on a regular night with the expectations that it will be better. Most times it is. But I digress ......
They had a lobster bisque and a bibb salad with gruyere for apps. I decided to surprise myself and order the salad, after realizing I hadn't had a salad in quite some time. Glad I did, b/c it was very nice. Some kind of vinaigrette which was tasty, and the bibb was a refreshing start to the meal.
Entrees included a Tazmanian salmon, dry aged steak, roasted chicken, vegetarian shepherd's pie (blasphemy!), and mahi. After vacillating between the steak, salmon & chicken for 20 mins, I settled on the chicken. Was stuffed with pancetta and parmigiano reggiano, side of greens and candied mashed sweet potatoes. Pretty good, but maybe a little skimpy on the stuffing.
Dessert was a pecan carrot cake. Very tasty.
Of course, this falls into the line of meals that David A. described in an earlier thread over on Gen Topics. The standard meat/starch/veg in a pile. I agree, David A., they are getting tiresome and that might be the reason I won't go back there anytime soon. If I'm going out to eat, I want something a little more interesting than that. Ironically, that something can be had at 1/3rd the cost.
Anyways, I decided to post this report b/c I've noticed a few recent posts looking for this kind of meal.