Composition Cafe, Reno
Located in the former spot of Cafe Musee in the museum is the new Composition Cafe. I've eaten here three times now, and I may have to go as far as saying this could be the best food in town. What I'm most excited about is the Friday and Saturday night tapas. Available from 4:30 til 11:00 are small plates of delish. Everything on the menu sounded outstanding, but we settled on the Prince Edward Mussels with Jalapeno Bacon (freakin' awesome) and Jerk Pork Tenderloin Tostadas with Cilantro Cream Slaw (no words can describe the wonderfulness). Get here, you won't be disappointed.
Thanks for the tip, Nancy. I finally tried the place and I liked it.
The three items I tried were steamed Manilla clams in a white wine broth with heirloom tomatoes,a roasted pork tenderloin with a grilled white peach and port wine demi-glaze and a lamb lollipop with dried fruit stuffing, a rosemary demi-glaze, roasted fingerling potatoes and shallots.
I didn't like the pork tenderloin at all. The pork was flavorless and a little tough, plus the demi-glaze overwhelmed the dish. Maybe they leave the pork flavorless to serve as a vehicle to deliver the demi-glaze, but the dish didn't work for me.
The lamb lollipop also seemed overwhelmed by its demi-glaze and that's why I didn't like it, either. But the lamb itself had good flavor. I"d like to try it with something else.
The clams were a home run. I loved the flavor of the clams. They were fresh, which is not an easy thing to do in Reno. Plus the heirloom tomatoes tasted fabulous. I was thinking about ordering the dish again.
I'd like to explore the tapas menu and try other items. For Reno, they have a good selection of wines (meaning not just cabernet sauvignon and oaky whites).
One complaint is that they didn't put the prices of the tapas plates on the menu. The lamb and pork were $7 each while the clams were $9. All fairly priced, but in budgeting your meal it's nice to know the costs up front.
Of course, they have regular menus at other times. I'd like to check out that food, too.
There's an entrance through the museum when the museum is open. Otherwise, the best place to enter is from the door on the Hill Street side of the building.