W.A. FROST-REVIEW-MSP, DID NOT DISAPPOINT
Celebrated our first wedding anniversary at W.A. Frost last night. Menu changed so I couldn't try the sweet corn burger with feta and sprouts -but oh well.
Had a drink in the bar at 7:00. Gimlet was divine; extra dirty martini well crafted and smooth. Happy campers went to the dining side for 7:30 reservation.
Small plate of pork belly in a small sauce at the bottom of coriander mustard and cucumber/daikon "salsa" to accompany. 8 tator tot sized pork belly, breaded and deep fried. I thought the pork belly would arrive in strips-but the salty bacon-like flavor along with the crunch and slight sweetness from the mustard was actually pretty good. Not a standout but would order again.
Main dishes shine - husband ordered angus beef tenderloin medium, with potato-mushroom pave (layered like a piece of cake-excellent texture- crispy potatos layered between firm but baked in mushrooms soaked in something delicious), gorgonzola creamed spinach and tomato jus and crispy enoki mushrooms. Presentation A+. Hubby didn't want to mess it up - but oohed and ahhed about a perfectly done steak.
I couldn't decide between the smoked whitefish with nicoise olives or boring mushroom linguini. I had to go for the linguini b/c I absolutely love mushrooms. Loved the fact that not only is the pasta cooked to perfect al dente, but the goat cream sauce was not too much or too little - just enough to coat and I counted 5 different types of mushrooms - with oven roasted tomatos. I was plesantly surprised by the aromatics the tomatos gave off - a blend of sweet and somewhat tart against the goat cream sauce.
Mini trio of desserts-warm apple tort with rosemary olive oil - Rating B. The infusion of the rosemary was just a little too much 4 me. Mini creme brulee with a raspberry - exactly as it should be - break the sugar crust to the custard. My favorite (and would order as the main dessert next time) was the warm chocolate fudge cake - ultra ultra spongy - melted in our mouths, with coconut ice cream, white chocolate shavings and a caramel crisp.
A glass of Nero D'Avola, another extra dirty martini at dinner and a Surly Furious, coupled with excellent service (get Andrew when you're there-that man knows his menu, along with his beer and wines) - and it was someone's birthday, this guy must sing on stage-unbelievable. Service and ambience impeccable.
$99.94 - $120.00 after tip, bar side - $22.55 with tip. Worth the $142.55.