Rose Hibiscus with Prosecco: almost too pretty to drink, but we even ate the blossom!
Fresh French Bread and Spiced Olive Oil + Balsamic
We started off with the Gnocchi in Truffled Mushroom Cream Sauce; a whirlwind of earthly mushroom flavor, rich cream and doughy gnocchi with just a tad of crunch from the adorning walnuts. The sauce danced on my tongue and coated my mouth in a very good way. We did not let it go to waste by sopping up the remaining deliciousness with our spare French bread slices. Joan and I both liked this dish the best.
Gnocchi Truffle Shroom Yummies
I had high expectations for the Croque Monsieur ($12) with grilled ham and cheese on whole wheat bread. But it wasn't really a sandwich. It was just one side of a sandwich and lacking the battered crispy lust that a Croque should/could have. When I lamented to my friend Diana the next day about my disappointment she informed they recently changed their Croque structure into that of an open face design. Boooooooooo!!!
Croque Monsieur: I'll keep dreaming (and searching) for now
The Leek and Gruyere Tart ($8.50) served with house green salad that Ruchika ordered was cute enough and made for a perfect little bite. I had a bite and really I love leeks and gruyere so this tart could never ever do me wrong.
Leek and Gruyere Tart
And another tasty beverage :)
Ruchika has a keen eye for not so fresh pastries and the majority seemed to be looking a bit funky that evening except for the simple choux a la creme which she spotted as a winner. My mom used to make Cream Puffs once in a while when I was a kid and we'd eat them all within hours of their oven exit. These were super fresh - just like the ones I had as a kid. The cream filling was not too heavy and had a robust vanilla flavor. The sugar on top looked almost offensive but it wasn't cloying.
I still want to find a really good Croque Monsieur if anyone knows of a good place (outside of Paris), please comment with advise!
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