As usual, I roped R into going to dinner with me. He took care of making our reservation, which we almost weren't able to get. I forgot that it was both graduation weekend and Mother's Day weekend, add that to the fact that it was Saturday, and there wasn't anything available that night. We were able to get in after a someone cancelled on Thursday. To whomever cancelled your reservation, allowing me and R to get into Solstice, you have my eternal thanks and gratitude.
Let's start with the restaurant itself. It is tiny and dimly lit and understatedly elegant. They have a large bar with a few tables in the area and then the main dining area. There may have been a larger room in the back, as we saw patrons coming from the back, near the kitchen, but I didn't go exploring. Because of the dim lighting, I'm going to apologize in advance for the quality of my pictures. I didn't want to use the flash because we were seated in a pretty open area, and I didn't want to be obnoxious. My dear friend B did his best to edit the pictures for me, but unfortunately, he didn't have too much to work with. My thanks, B!
|Cool bottle, very simple. Excellent taste.|
While we were trying to decide what to order, our absolutely wonderful server, Allen (Allan?) brought us a complimentary amuse bouche. It was a watermelon, mango, and prosciutto skewer, and it was delicious. The saltiness of the prosciutto nicely offset the sweetness and juiciness of the fruit. At this point, I knew that it was going to be an incredible meal. Such a pleasant surprise when you have pairings that you never would have thought would work.
|Most definitely a great start to a great evening.|
Moving on. R decided to start with the Housemade Pate of Duck & Foie Gras. It was served with strawberry jam, toast points, and a pickled asparagus and onion relish. This was the first time I'd tried pate, and I can safely assure you that I will never eat it again. Most definitely NOT my thing. And not because it was bad (R assured me that it was some of the best he's had), but because the texture and the taste just did nothing for me.
|Strawberry jam & candied pecans in the back, pate in the middle, relish in the front.|
|You can see all of the goodness on top of the oysters. It was truly happiness in my mouth.|
|I know it's hard to see, but that's the fish on top. I would have liked it rarer, but it was still pretty tasty.|
|The fish is to the left, and the darkish spot on top is the tapenade. It's resting on the cous cous.|
|Not very big, but huge on flavor.|
Bottom line? We had an amazing time at Solstice. The service was excellent (thanks Allen!), the food was some of the best I've ever had, and the atmosphere was cozy. The manager came over a few times to check in and see how we were doing. While I would like to think that's because he recognized me, I noticed that he did the same for every table in the restaurant. It's nice to know that the staff is dedicated to making sure that everyone has an enjoyable dining experience. I will definitely be back, and probably soon. I don't know how long I'll be able to resist the call of the spring rolls.