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Nov 11, 2009 08:49 AM

alma recs? [MSP]

Eating at alma this saturday. any recommendations on this season's menu?

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  1. Of the current menu, I would get:

    Starters - I've never had any of the current offerings, but I would stray toward the terrine. I always like to try the different variations.

    Second - The gnocchi and prawns are both excellent; I've not had the other two.

    Entree - The pheasant breast is one of my favorite entrees from Alma. But since I've had it, I would try the lamb.

    In all my trips to Alma, I've only had a few dishes that weren't outstanding, so I think you'll be safe.

    Have fun and be sure to report back.

    1. Although I did not have the current version of chevre cheesecake (apples and pecans) at Alma, I did have a wonderful rendition with cherries there. I suspect that the current offering would be delightful as well. Let us know if you try it.

      1. II just ate there. Oh boy it was good! Here is what I had, and of course what I recommend, because I make the best choices. Bibb Lettuce, Radish & Mint Salad, Ricotta Gnocchi, Slow Cooked Lamb Shank & Loin. The salad didn't look like all the stuff would go together, but it did amazingly, and it was really good, like way better than I thought it would be. The Gnocchi was made correctly, the taste, texture, everything, it was just done right. They didn't have the lamb exactly as described on the menu that day, but whatever concoction I got was soooooo good. I love lamb, eat lots of lamb, judge places by the lamb, and this was some of the best. I also had the Apple Frangipane Strudel for dessert and thought it was one of the best combinations of stuff I have had in a while. I ate it so fast, there was no sharing. I am not usually so positive about everything in my posts, but even though I didn't like where I was seated and it was a sweat box upstairs, I thought every food item was awesome.

        1. jfood is trying for a visit this week and if he goes the choices will be the terrine, the gnocchi and the lamb. He only hopes it works out.

          10 Replies
          1. re: jfood

            We have reservations for next weekend when we are visiting Minneapolis from Burlington, VT. Menu looks great. GO VIKINGS !

            1. re: TonyO

              It is a far cry from vendor machine pizza Mr O. :-)

              1. re: jfood

                Indeed it is (and nice memory my friend) ! We are looking forward to Alma, 112, Hell's Kitchen, and maybe some late night oysters on the 1/2 shell at Sea Change. Of course it will all taste better with a Viking victory !

                Sea Change
                806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

                1. re: TonyO

                  the memory at times is a burden.

                  place a post for recommendations at 112. Make sure you have reservations at both as they can be difficult. Please try the foie gras meatballs and get a side order of the gnocchi (they frie them out there). Both are something to enjoy

                  1. re: jfood

                    All set on reservations at both (and Hell's Kitchen for brunch before). If I remember correctly, you had the occassion to visit Schenectady, NY (maybe a child at Union College ?) which is my former hometown !

                    I will place a post for 112 and certainly will post after we return from MN !

                    Hell's Kitchen
                    310 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802

                    1. re: TonyO

                      You guys are making me want to give Alma another chance after my miso eggplant disaster (good memory here too) of years ago. Hey, I'm from Schenectady too! Linton High grad 1971. Now in Twin Cities since 82.

            2. re: jfood

              I would severely recommend the bibb/radish/mint salad with calamari.

              I honestly believe it's one of the most beautiful salads I've ever had the luxury of eating. Wait at least 30 seconds before each bite - the layers will surprise you.

              The lamb is phenomenal as well as the gnocci.

              1. re: eburke91

                After a great Viking victory on 11/22, we headed to Alma for our anniversary dinner. The space is quaint with nice lighting and a full view of the kitchen. Our server, William, was polite and made a sincere offer to make our night an enjoyable one.

                We decided on the tasting menu and started with two salads, one featuring roasted beets , pine nuts, and buttermilk dressing and my choice of the bibb letttuce with lightly fried shrimp/ calamari and a mint accent. Both salads were well presented and delicious. Next we had the walnut flour crepe and garlic prawns. My wife enjoyed the crepe and the garlic prawns were fantastic as the balance of flavors worked perfectly to create a spectacular dish, a 10 ! Our entrees were the diver scallops and the lamb breast and loin. Both were perfectly cooked and had accents that worked well with the main item the plate. The wines we choose were excellent and pours were generous. Overall, a fantastic meal at Restaurant Alma to wrap up our weekend in MSP.

                Thanks to all (especially JFood) for pointing us to this twin cities gem. We hope to return. GO VIKINGS !

                1. re: TonyO

                  Jfood is glad you enjoyed but the true thanks should go to the great MSP hounds who have doen such a great job in recommending great places and the great chefs of MSP

                  1. re: jfood

                    Agree. We found all aspects of the dining experience in MSP to be great. Creative, well prepared, properly seasoned food served by down to earth, fully informed, and considerate waitstaff.

            3. thanks for all of the recs. We had a very good, not great meal. Service was excellent and most of the dishes were very good. However, there wasn't a single dish where i said "Wow. I have to come back to have this". The prawns were the only ones that came close.

              Here is a quick overview of what we tried

              terrine-- biggest disappointment of the night; prepared well, but disappointed with the quality of the meat inside it

              shrimp.calamari saled-- very good; nice blend of flavors

              gnocchi-- very interesting flavors

              prawns-- favorite item on the meny; everything worked

              pheasant-- prepared excellently, not overspiced

              lamb-- a bit overdone, but very nice flavor