So you are sitting with another couple sipping a nice chardonnay and trading tales about your latest fine dining experience. This couple states that they had a wonderful meal at a new seafood restaurant. You and your partner just look at each other and smile because you know without a doubt that their fine dining meal was not even in the same league as yours. |
You ask them about the service. Was it top-notch and did they ever had to wait on anything? Was the dining room set with crisp white linen, sparkling flatware and soft lighting? Was there a sommelier available to suggest the perfect wine for dinner? You didn't think so. What about the presentation of the food? They look like they do not know what you are talking about.
Then you begin your story of your latest fine dining experience. He wanted prime steaks and you were not too sure exactly what you wanted. You would know it when you saw it on the menu. You just knew that you wanted something special in upscale dining - and you found it!
Your discovery had an extensive menu to die for. Everything looked and sounded so good and you had a tough time deciding. For an appetizer you selected Stuffed Artichoke Hearts. This fine dining restaurant served toasted Boursin stuffed artichoke hearts with pickled shaved fennel slaw and a champagne vinegar mustard sauce. It really did look too good to eat - but you enjoyed every morsel.
For your entrée you opted for pan seared prawns. These wild caught prawns were cooked with a spiced caramelized rum glaze, topped with a mango relish and fried plantains with a side of cilantro rice. There wasn't one taste bud in your mouth that wasn't standing up to take notice. Not that you really had room for it but you had prickly pear raspberry cobbler with smoked whipped cream for dessert. How did this compare to their seafood restaurant?
Everyone going in knew that your husband wanted a prime steak, but he had difficulties making a final decision as well. He decided to start his culinary adventure with a chiffonade of romaine lettuce, scallions and shaved Grana Padano cheese tossed with focaccia croutons in a tasty dressing served in a toasted parmesan bowl. That staved off his hunger until his appetizer of lobster and Texas blue crab dumplings in ginger salt pork miso broth with shitake mushrooms, turnip greens and scallions. He was so intent on his food he barely spoke a word!
His main course was a huge 14 oz. certified Black Angus ribeye steak that came with a special sauce, balsamic grilled vegetables and a potato side. It was cooked to absolute perfection. Since you had fish and he was eating red meat, you really didn't know what kind of wine would be appropriate. Luckily the sommelier recommended a wine that was divine!
When you looked at you friends their mouths were hanging open. Naturally they wanted you to share your secret fine dining restaurant with them!
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