RW at Meritage & Mistral
My bf and I went out to restaurant week dinners at Meritage and Mistral this week, and they were reasonably good.
We've had good meals at Meritage during RW in the past, but the menu doesn't seem to change much. We had Roasted Yellow Tomato Soup and Pan Fried Soft Shell Crab for apps (don't get Meritage Salad), and the crab was probably the better choice. For entree, we had Black Pepper Rolled Seared Rare Yellowfin Tuna and Wood grilled Filet Mignon. Previous 2 or 3 times, we loved the filet mignon. Not so great this time. Not cooked that well surprisingly. I would say the tuna was the most definitely the better dish. For dessert, we had the Chocolate Tasting Plate and Red Fruit Tasting Plate. Both were good. Strangely, the dessert sounded the same as the last time but tasted better than we remembered. Overall, it was just ok; disappointing considering we were expecting great.
Mistral was another surprise. I was there for RW a couple of years ago, and while the appetizer was phenomenal, the entree was terrible (the unchewable skirt steak). So it took a while to get around to it again. The appetizers were the best part of the meal again. We had Beef Sirloin Carpaccio and Native Corn Soup, both of which were outstanding. I looked at the Mistral Caesar Salad being served, and I thought, geez, if I were a vegetarian, I would still get the corn soup without the crab than the salad. For entrees, we had swordfish (not advertised but on their RW menu today instead of salmon) and Pan Roasted Sirloin. Both were good. I thought the swordfish tasted a bit bland until I tried it with all the components together. We asked sirloin to be rare, but it came out medium rare. I've read that they tend to overcook the meat, so I guess we were lucky to have asked it to be rare. The dessert was ok. Definitely Peach Tarte over Angel Food Cake. Let's say that the latter was "unfortunate."