April 15th - someone must have been even more depressed (or ticked off) about the IRS than me, because due to a cancelation, Mr CF and I were able to finally get into Recess - Greg Hardesty's new place. We managed to park in front and were seated at a small table against the gray cinderblock wall. The tables are close (but not as close as Blackbird in Chicago) and I have to say that it does get noisy - but we added to it when we discovered friends were there as well - surprise!
We ordered a bottle of champagne Joel Falmet and did the wine pairing that was offered to go with the meal - a nice touch.
The 'Tax Day' menu was as follows:
First - Salad of roasted chicken breast with avocado terrine, lemon oil vinagrette and coriander leaves. Super tender slices of white white chicken with a lemony vinegrette. The avocado terrine was a thing of beauty - because I don't know about you, but the avocados I buy never look like this - a beautiful green color in a perfect cube of avocado goodness. Pickled radish slivers and coriander leaves, a hint of salt. The wine was Trivento Torrontes 2008, which picked up the lemon flavors nicely.
Second - a soup of mussles, japanese broth, seaweed and tofu and 'spicy sesame oil slick'. I can't have shellfish and I forgot to check the menu before I pounced on the available reservation. Mr CF reminded me and I called back to let them know - they said they would come up with something. WELL, did they ever. I got a marvelous slice of halibut instead of the mussels - same broth, same everything except the dreaded mussels. Turned out that Mr CF preferred the halibut over the mussels. There was a nice spicy heat to the broth but it was a bit salty. The tofu was perfect - not rubbery and the sesame oil was a perfect addition. The wine was Tavel Rose Granache 2007 - very strawberry-ish. I wondered if a Gewurztraminer might be a better pairing with the asian notes and spice in the broth.
Third - Fischer farms beef hanger steak with black beans, watercress, carrots and onions, worstershire jalapeno on the side. Wow - this was the best hanger steak I've ever had - ever. Tender with a wonderful beefy flavor, the black beans added a great creamy-ness to the entire dish. Amazingly good. The wine was Kokomo cabernet sauvignon 07 - I have to confess... I am a terrible snob and I thought 'KOKOMO?'. I was wrong to think that - shame, shame on me - it was delicious and a fabulous pairing with this course. This course was silly good.
Fourth - St Andre cheese plate with rye crackers and tomato jam - great all around. We ordered a bottle ot Odisea late harvest Voigner and it was a very nice dessert wine.
We had a great time and a great dinner. We'll be back.