|Mark's Zoolander face|
Obviously we had scope the place out for ourselves. The menu looked good, but they had some big expectations to fulfill. For starters, did they have a cool french-looking waiter to give Mark free iced tea?
Due to the fact that the restaurant is all the way in St. Paul (Minneapolis, you feel me?) and Mark had to work all week we went for dinner. As with most Restaurant Week participants, Mertiage put together a 3-course meal menu for a fixed price of $30. So it's a nice way to try some of the best restaurants in the city for a reasonable price.
|Restaurant Week menu|
|Luckily, I remembered to take a picture|
before devouring and asking for more
|Mark's action shot|
|A little confused|
|But he went for it|
For our main courses: Mark had his stomach set on their offering of 12 hour marinated flank steak. He thought it was very good, but we both agreed that the white bean puree that came on the side, albeit yummy, didn't do much for the dish. The steak wasn't overly flavorful as it was so the blandness of the white beans seemed unnecessary. Mark also noted that the portion size was much smaller than you see at American restaurants, which was a positive! Who needs that much red meat in one sitting? I went with the Portuguese style clam stew and it was my favorite dish of the 6 we ordered. It consisted of bell pepper, chorizo, and potatoes with the clams on top and still in the shell (obviously, the presentation was amazing). There was also a slice of french bread on the top, which tasted like it had been toasted over a campfire, and one on the bottom to soak up all the stew juices. The stew was extremely flavorful and positively tasty. I don't know if I will allow myself to order anything else when we go back.
|Mark's flank steak|
For our dessert: Mark went with the chocolate mousse. It was served with raspberries that didn't go together well with the chocolate. Mark wasn't blown away with the chocolate mousse as it was so the raspberries turned the dessert into a disappointment. I ordered the pistachio cake which had creme fraiche and blueberries on the side. The cake was nice and moist without being too sweet. They used in-season blueberries which were amazing. My dessert was definitely the favorite of the two.
|Mark's chocolate mousse that I managed to make look|
even more unappealing than it was
|My pistachio cake|
|LOVE the peanuts gang|