went to sibling rivalry last night for a work dinner. i found a few posts from november which made me a bit skeptical, but i didn't really have a decision in choosing the restaurant. we got there around 6:30 and waited in the bar area for the rest of our party to arrive (12 co-workers total). the bar staff was a little under-par. the girl who took our drink orders had no idea who had ordered what when she came back with the drinks.
once the rest of the party arrived, we were seated at a long table in the middle of the dining room. the dining area was smaller than i expected, and we were cramped for space. all throughout dinner i kept bumping elbows with my co-workers. i could see into the kitchen, but was sort of blocked by some diners sitting on stools looking into the open kitchen. anyway, we started off with a complimentary amuse bushe of a little fried crabcake, the size of a ping pong ball. we all thought it was really good - maybe because we were all starving by then. for my appetizer, i got the "Seared Sea Scallops Wrapped in Virginia Ham with Turned Apples and Cider Cream Sauce" from Chef Bob's menu. i got 2 scallops, but they weren't wrapped in ham. (i didn't realize this until this morning). i liked the scallops with the cream sauce though. for my entree, i ordered the "Bacon Wrapped Loin of Rabbit with Its Pot Pie, Creamed Parsnips and Black Pepper Sauce" from Chef David's menu. i'd never had rabbit before, so i'm not sure what it was supposed to be like, but i liked the loin; tender and not dry. the pot pit was a little too liquidy for my liking and was a bit salty. the creamed parsnips however could have used some extra seasoning. for dessert i ordered the "Chocolate Dacquoise with Espresso Creme Anglaise and Gold Leaf". i had no idea what a dacquoise was, but the waitress explained it was a chocolate ganache beehive shell filled with hazelnut chocolate mousse. it was so good! lots of my co-workers ordered the hot chocolate cheesecake, which i had a bite of and thought it more like a really moist chocolate cake and not cheesecakey at all.
overall, i really liked what i ordered, and i'd be tempted to go back for appetizers and dessert just to try some other dishes. but hey, what does my inexperiences palate know?
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