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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Natty Noshers - CRAFT style

MES and I were lucky enough to be given a $250 gift card to Craft for our wedding which we decided to use for our annual Christmas dinner out.  We love a good excuse to dress up and dine out since we rarely do so and were really looking forward to going out for this.  And boy howdy was it worth it!

Let's get down to business with the first course - they served us a delicious amuse of cold shrimp with a chunk of grape fruit on top.  What an interesting and delightful combination!  Then we had the pork ravioli with steen's cane syrup.  It wasn't nearly as sugary as cane syrup suggests and while the pork ravioli was a tummy pleaser, I would say that the Crispy Bacon and Honeycrsip Apple was by far my favorite.  (no surprise there with my love of anything bacon).  The apple slivers added just a hint of sweet to the nice crisp chunks of pork.


 For our entrees we decided to split the Braised Short Rib and the Pork Porterhouse.  The ribs were AH-mazing!  So incredibly mouthwatering and tender, really you didn't even need to chew.  The Pork Porterhouse was more a walk on the wild side for both of us since we've never tried a pork porterhouse, or really in my case I didn't even know pork had a porterhouse cut.  The filet portion was delicious and really the best part.  We were a little disappointed the rest of the porterhouse wasn't more tender.


Our wonderful meal was topped off with Olive Oil Cake and the Chocolate Souffle.  I've had a thing for anything olive oil since I started eating the olive oil gelato at Otto a couple of years ago and when the server assured us it was his favorite on the menu, we had to ante up and try it.  As a cake it has the texture of pound cake, but isn't quite as heavy.  It has a surprising nutty flavor and I would totally recommend this.  The Chocolate Souffle came with a coconut anglaise which had us hesitating, but it was surprisingly not coconutty, which is good since we both don't like coconut.  I love ending a meal with something chocolate and this really hit the spot.


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