We've been together for a while and you know how much I love you. Sometimes though, a girl needs to check out the cute neighbor down the block. I'm not leaving you for Ten Tables permanently, but the tryst last night was truly something special. Rachel and Krista are total pros at the FOH and even with a change in the kitchen from the last time I was there, David Punch is creating food completely up to Krista's high standards.
Wednesday night is "pick your three for $26" and each choice was better than the last. We each had the house made charcuterie plate to start - pork rillettes and a pork pâté with cornichons, vinegared grapes and grainy mustard along with toasted, butter B&R bread. Rillettes was highly spiced, fatty goodness. The pâté was refined and elegant. With a glass of cava, I could not have been happier. Second course: gnocchi for friend, pork tenderloin over apples, grapes and cabbage for me. After a bad encounter with some gnocchi at Rocca on Friday, these were a savior for potatoes everywhere - slightly smoky and served with kale and shallots (I think?). The tenderloin was tender, per its name, with the sweetness of the apples and grapes playing nicely with the slightly bitter, crunchy cabbage. Dessert: bay-infused creme caramel for friend, chocolate cake with pepper ice cream for me. The black pepper ice cream had an excellent kick to it and was set on top of pieces of caramel. Some sort of berry coulis was also on the plate and completely unneeded since all I could focus on were the cake and ice cream. Creme caramel had a subtle herb-ed flavor and a wonderful consistency.
Grotto, all I'm sayin' is that for $26, this is one heck of a deal. Rustic, delicious cooking in a warm and inviting atmosphere. And just like your place, I had to walk through the kitchen to get to the restrooms. I'll be back soon, I promise, but for now I can't stop talking about Ten Tables.