Restaurant Week: Lunch at L'Espalier
A: Going to L'Espalier for lunch during Restaurant Week. Three courses: $20.09.
Q: What's better (or perhaps worse) than having to read a long, rambling post about how well crafted, beautifully plated and generally delicious the food was?
A: Having to look at a whole bunch of photos. (Sorry.)
To begin, a salad of spring greens with rhubarb vinaigrette and Three Sisters cheddar:
And a light, sweet Vidalia onion soup dotted with licorice sugar (dark and explosive on the tongue)
with a tiny island of light, fluffy parmesan flan, topped with roasted almonds.
Next, pork belly with caraway-roasted potatoes and pickled-ginger sauerkraut.
And, for a little extra, one of the spécialités de la maison: juicy, salty sirloin burger with pulled pork (!), served in a toasted brioche bun with Roaring Forties cheese and slaw ...
The burger came with thick fries that were more like roasted potato (a slight crunch to the outside; light and fluffy inside), and a trio of condiments that included a homemade barbecue sauce and a lovely garlic-truffle ailoi.
For dessert: chocolate brownies with crumbled white chocolate ...
And a mango mousse with macademia nuts.
This is allegedly Restaurant Week for Winter 2009. But as of this dessert, spring has officially begun.