Early this evening my dining partner-in-crime (Zara) and I met at Rouge Tomate for restaurant week. Rouge Tomate possesses a Michelin star and is highly regarded for it’s locally sourced, nutritionally-sound cuisine.
Rouge Tomate offers an interesting cocktail menu, with concoctions ranging from a Rhubarb Crisp to a Clementine Sake Martini. Zara opted for a classic bellini while this angelic twenty year old went with a diet coke;)
The restaurant week deal consists of an appetizer, entree, and dessert. For her appetizer, Zara selected the watermelon gazspacho. The portion size was quite generous and the watermelon added a complimentary sweetness to the otherwise-standard soup.
For my appetizer, I selected the Hawaiin Walu Ceviche. Yeh, I had no idea what Walu was either. Apparently it’s a fish similar to ahi tuna. First, I must note the gorgeous presentation. Doesn’t it just scream summer and freshness? The vinaigrette captured the visual aesthetic perfectly, offering a vibrant flavor. The vinaigrette tasted so good that I sopped the remainder up with my bread. The fish itself was extremely buttery and practically melted in my mouth.
Normally Zara and I select different entrees to maximize the amount sampled, but tonight our selections were limited and we both craved the same thing. Arctic Char. The nicely-crisped skin came topped with a sultry harissa vinaigrette that provided a sharpness to the mellow fish. The Moroccan style grain salad hiding underneath, however, may have outshone the actual fish.
For dessert we again selected the same thing: Banana and Strawberry Ice Cream Terrine. I have to say, my blood pressure increased slightly when I saw the foam. Foam is one of my dining pet-peeves. I can’t help but think of a Rabies-stricken canine when I see it. Foam aside, this dish was still underwhelming. The banana bread was good, but the ice cream tasted purely of pureed bananas and lacked and degree of creaminess. I did, however, appreciate the abundance of fresh berries.Overall I had a lovely time at Rouge Tomate and greatly appreciate their mission to use locally sourced and seasonal produce. It was also great to catch-up with my good friend Zara:)
Alrighty, tonight I’m having a slumber party! My poor friend Amy has been suffering through the un-airconditioned dorms during this heat wave, so tonight she is staying with me. So excited! I hope everyone is staying cool and safe in this weather!