Last night my husband and I went to Taylor's Genuine Food & Wine Bar on Bank St. for dinner to celebrate his birthday. Neither of us had been there before but I had read some reviews that said the food was awesome but it was a bit pricey. I would have to agree with those reviews. The food was phenomenal, and I think the only negative thing I would say is that for the price, I'd expect a bit larger portions. But we left comfortably full and basking in the joy of the experience. It was damn good food. And we would absolutely have dinner there again. (The service was great too - our server, John, was great. He thought my husband's jokes were a hoot and called me Madame, much to my horror).
When I had reserved online, I added a comment that it was my husband's birthday. When we sat down we were handed gratuitous glasses of champagne to celebrate. A nice touch. :)
We split an appetizer of beet salad = Beet puree, roasted and pickled beets, goat cheese panna cotta, granola, cider vinny. This is a first - they actually split it on 2 plates. SO what you see above is my half. Again, nice touch. :) And it was phenomenal. (We heard the folks next to us ask where the amazing goat cheese was from = Micha in Papineauville)
My main was phenomenal. Pan seared Nova Scotia scallops and braised pork belly = Potato puree, baby turnips, bacon, purple carrots, spaghetti squash, jus. The crust on the pork belly was orgasmic and the scallops were cooked to perfection. MMMMMMMmmmm.
My husband had bacon wrapped Mariposa pork tenderloin = Potato croquette, parsnip and apple puree, brussel sprouts, sunchokes, kale, fleuron, jus. He LOVED it.
My dessert was sticky toffee pudding = Calvados caramel, house apple caramel ice cream, apple chip. I am not a fan of really rich desserts, so this was fantastic because it was nice and light - a first for any toffee pudding I've ever had.
Hubby's dessert, complete with candle was tiramisu our way = Chocolate espresso panna cotta, white coffee ice cream, coffee soil, mascarpone clouds, candied nuts, meringue chips. I don't really get what this has in common with tiramisu but whatever, it went down really quick, and every last morsel.
Thank you folks at Taylor's Genuine - you made my husband's birthday memorable. See you soon. :-)