The husband and I went for dinner last night and had, by far, one of our best dinners yet at North!!
We started w/ the Mushroom Flatbread which is always amazing- wonderful earthy mushrooms, creamy ricotta cheese and the crisp, salty lardo. Amazing. Then we had the Fall Harvest Salad and this was really interesting. It had brussel sprouts and wonderful greens but the clincher was a poached egg that was coated in crushed hazelnuts and then fried on top!!! The salad was rich from the egg yolk, but light at the same time. The combination of the egg, the hazelnuts and the roasted vegetables and fresh greens were top notch.The husband was practically licking the dish!
We shared an order of the hazelnut and pear risotto after that. I said I wasn't going to eat all mine because I didn't want to be stuffed for my entree, but I could not stop eating it!!! It was impossible to stop. Creamy, cheesy, crunchy from the hazelnuts, bits of sweetness from the pear...I could eat an enormous bowl of it!!
Since neither of us could quite decide what we wanted as an entree, we ordered the steak au poivre and the butter poached Nova Scotia lobster to share. I had never seen lobster on the menu at North and I was intrigued. The lobster is steamed and deshelled and then finished as a butter poach. Sweet and incredible. The legs were combined into a fabulous hot farro salad that served as the bed for the lobster. It was just outrageous. The steak was cooked perfectly, and the chef went easy on the pepper for me, as I had asked. It was such a wonderful dish. Meaty and juicy over a crisp potato cake. Perfection!
As if we weren't already stuffed, we went for dessert. And of course, couldn't decide on what we wanted, so we had to order 2. We had the chocolate chip cookie skillet pie w/ vanilla ice cream on top, and the homemade doughnuts with creme anglaise. Seriously -the only reason we left some on the plates was because we were SO full, we were afraid we'd have to roll out of the dining room!!!
I truly feel that this meal was exceptional and these offerings are among the best I've ever had there.
I always find our experience and our meals at North to be terrific. This meal far exceeded our best expectations!!