When we arrived around 8:30pm the place was about half full, and we chose a secluded table for two on a bit of a platform near the entrance. I didn’t see a “Please wait to be seated,” sign, and it took someone awhile to realize we were there.
Once I was able to place my drink order, I picked the Cucumber Martini with Ketel One Vodka, fresh English Cucumber purée, and lemon juice. You can also order your martini with gin, if that’s your pleasure. I love the smell of cucumbers, and this drink was indeed refreshing. I’m not sure how much vodka was put in the drink though. Dear Ben ordered a Hoegaarden draft.
We ordered three plates to start: Grilled Sausage and Lentils, the Tartine, and Mediterranean Olives. We picked the Grilled Sausage and Lentils since we had such a pleasant experience with this kind of dish earlier in the week. What a let down! It was a sweet chicken sausage, and it tasted just like something I could get in from the grocery store. The French green lentils were my favorite item of the night though. Very simply prepared, seasoned with shallots and a vinaigrette.
The Tartine was another item that I probably could have made better at home. It sounded delicious by reading the menu: Split French Baguette lightly baked with prosciutto, fig preserves, and gorgonzola. But the bread was thick, and the toppings were thin. The fig preserves were spread lightly across the bread, followed by gorgonzola sprinkles, and finally, very thin slices of prosciutto. Unfortunately, the flavor of the prosciutto was lost in the more dominant flavors of the fig preserves and gorgonzola. Each half was cut into thirds, so you can imagine that the middle piece was by far the best. I saved that piece for last.
So you can’t mess up olives, right? The Mediterranean olives were marinated in a brine of herbs and spices. They weren’t necessarily messed up, but they weren’t anything truly special or unique. We were just so disappointed at this point that we didn’t even bother “sitting” any longer, so we didn’t finish the olives.
…and those are my Notes from the Napkin!
The Sitting Room
108 W Roy Street