Thursday, September 3, 2009

Localvore Gifts: Nectar, Moscow Idaho

One of the best restaurants in Moscow. I was walking by to check the menu and the chef/owner actually came out to talk to me, telling me the specials, handing me a business card, and seasonal menu flyer. Cool beans!
Still had a few hoops to jump: 1) convincing my ultra picky-eater brother to come here and 2) making reservations (in a town of 20,000 people!!!) so he wouldn't get upset if there was a wait. Check and check.

Yes, Idaho has wine. And although it may not be from ancient vines grown by an immaculate ancient civilization, it's still cool local wine that I'm not gonna find in Los Angeles. I had a glass of the local Idaho Three Horse Ranch Viognier ($8): tart and tangy.
The arugula salad ($8) with roasted beets, walnuts and goat cheese was pretty unoriginal, but the ingredients were high quality. The vegetables all seem to taste different in Idaho, in a good way. Maybe it's the soil? The arugula especially, seemed super vibrant - more peppery than its Cali cousin.
For mains we got the mac and cheese ($9), highlighted with cougar gold cheese (local cheese from Pullman, WA), aged gruyere and parmesean and the halibut ($24) with local heirloom tomatoes and local fennel. The mac and cheese was super creamy and the cougar gold has a nice cheddar flavor. The halibut was perfectly cooked, just a too salty, however the fennel saute was a nice touch!
The desert was something special: huckleberry cobbler with huckleberry chantilly ($6). I heard chantilly and my ears perked up - this is a desert item in Greece similar to whipped cream. Nectar's version was thick and tangy, almost like yogurt, with big chunks of huckleberries. The actual cobbler's only downfall was its microscopic portion size. Come on, this is Idaho, not Tokyo for chrissake! Overall, really good. Can't wait to come back and try their truffle pasta in the winter.
105 W. 6th S
Moscow, ID 83843
(208) 882-5914


SinoSoul said...

Idaho is perhaps one of the few states I will never visit. Very cool entries so far, kudos. Anna, sorry I haven't commented previously, good to see people "graduating" from Yelp.

Banana Wonder said...

Hey Tony, that's okay if you never visit. I understand.. it's not exactly a tourist destination unless you have some off fascination for lentils or obsessed with Lewis and Clark. Thanks for the holler!