Rue Domaine, Dayton OH area
OK, full disclosure - we travel quite a bit and we both cook, so when we're home we frequently prefer to eat at home. We visited Rue Domaine a few weeks after they opened in 2007 and we kept meaning to get back there, but never managed it until tonight. For those who don't know, Rue Domaine is the local venture of Chef Anne Kearney (of New Orleans' Peristyle fame) and her hubby Tom.
We called at around 5:30 tonight and got reservations for 6:45 for the two of us. Not sure we really needed them; there were plenty of tables (the place was about half full, not too bad for a Tuesday evening).
I ordered the house Gimlet cocktail; Ketel One vodka, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup, shaken with ice and served straight up in a martini glass with a lime wedge. Superb. He tried the wine apertif (forget the name) but it was white wine, brandy, orange, lemon, and vanilla, and also very good.
We shared the crispy frog legs with sauce verte to start. The frog legs were done to perfection; tender, not greasy, perfectly sauteed. Next, we shared the arugula salad with lemon juice, EVOO, and parm. It also had some kind of crispy light cracker strip in it, and the peppery local arugula was a real palate pleaser.
I had the duck confit with lentils and sauteed spinach. He had the lamb loin with potato galette and goat cheese. I had a glass of red Burgundy, he had an Oregon Pinot. Everything was good, and the wines complimented the food perfectly.
Because it was a celebration, we splurged on dessert. I'm into fruit so the plum and blackberry crisp was calling out to me. He loves chocolate and hazelnuts, so the flourless cake featuring both had his attention. We ordered both, and were so glad we did. I have to admit the dark chocolate cake was totally decadent...even the coffee was good!
Everything was prepared perfectly tonight. Service was very good, and it was a good value for the money. We had plenty to eat and even brought home some food. We'll definitely go back soon.