As some of you might know, I've went to EMP for RW lunch for the sake of curiosity if they have improved upon last year's underwhelming (in terms of food) experience.
My friend had the heirloom tomatoes with big eye tuna and olio verde as an appetizer. This made her a convert from being a sushi/sashimi/tartare hater. The tiny, silky chewy cubes of big eye tuna worked well with the sweet cylinders of heirloom tomatoes. It was surprising to taste a hint of floral flavor from the sprinkling of lavender flowers on top. My app was the sweetbread ravioli with corn, lime and chorizo. Creamy sweetbread stuffed in a large, eggy ravioli pasta covered in a lot of lime foam. The lime is really just an ethereal taste since it's not really predominant. The corn was underneath the ravioli and it added a sweet crunch to the dish.
On to the entrees, my friend ordered the summer squash ratatouille. Halved rond de nice zucchini stuffed with sweet heirloom tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers, topped with shavings of Parmesan. Quite heavy than what I prefer, but then again, I haven't eaten enough ratatouille to tell you it's cooked spot-on. It tasted good but heartier than I've expected. I had the Colorado lamb sausage with with eggplant, tomato confit, and roasted garlic. It's not what I would think of as a summer dish but it's good.
Finally, dessert were glazed peaches with rosemary honey and mascarpone ice cream and sheep’s milk cheesecake with summer berries and lemon verbena. I enjoyed the glazed peaches since it's touching upon the savory meets sweet because of the herbal zing of the rosemary and the sweetness of the peach (with a pit inside). The cheesecake was pretty but it didn't amuse me that much.
In all, EMP has improved significantly compared to last summer. I just wished they have more choices on the menu like Gramercy Tavern. And I'm still dreaming of GT's snap peas...
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