A few weeks ago (really, I've been sitting on this post for awhile and just haven't had time to write it!), R and I headed for dinner at Tombo. I fell in love as soon as we walked through the door. The art on the walls is unique, the restaurant has a cozy, yet very nice, feel, and the staff were incredibly friendly. Our server came over almost immediately after we were seated for drink orders. I was in a beer kind of a mood, but as usual, couldn't make up my mind. I asked our server (whose name I cannot remember...should have written this post sooner!) for his recommendation. After I told him what I liked, he recommended the Stranger American Pale Ale from Left Hand Brewing Co. It was the perfect choice. It wasn't too hoppy or too strong, but was a nice medium-bodied beer. Plus 10 points for an excellent recommendation.
Like normal, we took our time with the menu. Tombo has both it's regular menu and a specials menu. We had a really hard time deciding, and ended up ordering two things from the small bites menu to start. Definitely didn't need both, but I'm glad I got to try them.
First up were the scallops. There were two large sea scallops, served with lentils, fried leeks, and saffron aioli. The fried leeks were amazing. Cutting into the scallops was like cutting into butter. They were so perfectly tender. I was very pleasantly surprised by the lentils too. Lentils aren't something I normally eat, but wow. If they were always this good, I'd eat them a lot more often.
|Did I mention how big the scallops were?|
|These were a pretty good size too.|
We finally got around to ordering dinner. When we did, we were each asked if we wanted to add a salad. Never one to turn down vegetables, I immediately said yes. The salad that really caught my eye was one with local greens, local blueberries, feta cheese, and lemon vinaigrette. It sounded nice and light, and as I really didn't need a salad, I thought I could get this and still eat dinner. Definitely a good move on my part. The blueberries were fresh and the feta was the perfect complement. I would eat this every day if I could.
R also got a salad, but he went with the more traditional iceberg wedge. Let it be known that I can't stand iceberg lettuce. I feel that it's a waste of green space. But, as I wasn't eating it, my opinion didn't really matter. This one had smoked bacon and tomatoes with blue cheese dressing. While I didn't have any of the lettuce, I did steal a few tomatoes and some bacon. R was very happy with his choice, but I think it was a lot bigger than he anticipated.
Onto our actual meals. R settled on the Cornish hen, mostly because he wanted to try the sweet potato cornbread. He adored the cornbread - I'm not much of a sweet potato person, so it did nothing for me. He especially loved that it was clearly cooked in something cast iron and that it was perfectly cooked. The hen was pretty delicious. The meat was tender and the skin was crispy, which is all I ever ask for in fried meat. I was a pretty big fan of the espresso gravy too. It had a great coffee flavor that went surprisingly well with the hen.
|Pretty good sized meal. And look at all that gravy!|
|That was a lot of fish too!|
|A few more berries would have been nice, but otherwise this was perfect.|
|Perfect end to a perfect meal.|