Great meal at Gargoyles 12/9
After hearing all of your reviews and suggestions I finally made it to Gargoyles on Saturday.
It was fantastic. Apps were special of scallop cake over schestnut puree which went over very well with my dc. My spp of crayfish bisque was wonderful. It was nice to have the taste fresh tails, after getting used to frozen it was like heaven. The maple soda accompanying it was sweet yet refreshing and the pastrami reuben fritters had a hint of meatiness and caraway. It was a good melding of beignet and sandwich.
Entrees, dc loved the escolar but was not impressed with the lobster mashed potatoes. Chunks of garlic everywhere. My turducken was very good and moist, although the duck was more shredded than a solid piece. Gnocchi were very good, (maybe I would have liked them better had I not had a fantastically tender version the night before at Bon Caldo).
For dessert we split a warm gingerbread bread puding with white chocolate sauce and carrot anglaise which was the perfect ending.
Bill was apprxomately $75 (neither of us drank) and I'll be back.
Thanks for all the reccs!
Was just there tonight, and the crayfish bisque and the reuben fritters *totally* lived up to their accolades! The bisque was slightly spicy, the crayfish was sweet and tender, and the fritters - I could have made a meal of them! The maple soda was a great foil for the flavors of the bisque and fritters. I love the taste of real maple, and it wasn't an overpowering sweetness to it. Also loved the ketchup that came with the fritters - I forget what Maureen said it was made of, but it was excellent.
Two different drinks for us - Maureen poured me a prosecco with a bit of pomegranate juice and a few pom arils. Very nice and light - I had two. :-) My DC wanted something wintery and ordered a White Russian (so VERY 70s! LOL). Paul said he would make her a good wintery drink...I *think* he called it an eggnog latte martini. He used Godiva chocolate cream, Stoli Vanilla, a splash of espresso, milk and one other thing, and shook it all up. Poured it into a chilled martini glass, sprinkled some nutmeg on top, and she was in heaven! She also had two. :-)
She went with the special grilled salmon pizza app - I tried one bite, and liked it, but the bisque and fritters had my attention to want any more. Friends who were there when we arrived got the Tempura Rock Shrimp Zushi, and after a bite of that, I'm definitely going to get it the next time I'm there - incredible flavors!
The mains we chose were a double-thick cut Kurobota pork chop for my friend. I don't know what came with it, but the two bites I had of the pork were wonderful...absolutely perfectly done.
I chose the Baby Back Stuffed Scallops - a small hole cut into the very large scallops and stuffed with shredded baby back rib meat, and then pan-seared. I think it was served on sweet potato mash and I forget the green veggie - although it looked like super-long asparagus spears tied into a knot, they didn't taste like asparagus...and I forgot to ask Maureen or Paul what they were (their website isn't updated, but the way it's written up there isn't the way I had it...I think Jason changes things up a lot even after it's been posted up there on the website.) The scallops were sweet and tender - I didn't get much of any flavor from the baby back rib meat, but it was about a dime-sized portion in each scallop.
I really wanted to try the gingerbread bread pudding, but was too full. Next time. :-)
I really like this new Gargoyles menu.
I was there about two weeks ago and had a chance to sample a few of the dishes on the current menu that haven't been mentioned so far. Thought I'd post about them in case it helps someone with future ordering decisions.
The "lamb cappuccino" app was delicious: frothy and rich, really cute presentation in a little mug, though a surprisingly dainty portion for Gargoyles, where the portions usually tend to be man-sized. There was a dessert soup on the menu - berry-based (maybe cranberry?) with a topping of lemon curd, some kind of ice cream and torched meringue. It was woooooonderful. Also tried the root beer trio, which was just so-so: the root beer flavor didn't come through strongly enough in either the gel or the creme brulee and a root beer float is fine but doesn't seem like anything to write home about. I'd take a place with whimsical menus and the occasional misstep like Gargoyles over safe-but-boring anyday.
Turducken came with hot chocolate gnocchi and black trumpet mushrooms for $19. A huge portion.
Next time I will have to have the Tempura Rock Shrimp.
We did not sit at the bar this time. And the whole experience was heightened by the fct that Downtown City liquor store had the Abita Amber I've been looking for for a year!
I was at Gargoyle's for the first time last week as well. We had very friendly service at the bar. Had an appetizer of reuben fritters....very yummy. How can you go wrong with deep fried bits of reuben? Then had the burger which I thought to be quite good. I really liked its smoky flavor though it was just a wee bit salty for me. It was cooked medium rare as ordered and the fries were delish as well.