A few weeks ago Jen was ahead of my darling girlfriend and I – we noticed her and her darling husband walking about twenty paces ahead of us on NW 8th St by Cafe Belga. This week it seems we’re leading her: we had dinner at Viridian last night, where she had brunch today. As she said, it’s right next to Studio Theater, where we were going to see “This is How It Goes.” I’ll tell you about that later, but let’s make this a Viridian kind of day, shall we?
Between the miseries of my employment and my personal idiocy – which caused me to leave the tickets at home, necessitating a lot more redundant driving than anyone should have to do – I was running a little late, so my darling girlfriend and our theater-going companions were there before me. While waiting for their chronologically-challenged companion they enjoyed the 5pm to 7pm $5 bar selections. There’s a sparkling, white, and red wine choice, all from Spain, as well as rail drinks and beers, all $5. There were also a few appetizer options, a cheese plate and sea scallops among them. Also on the special list were the two items I was too late to get a chance to enjoy more than one bite each of: mussels with celery, carrots, and chorrizo in saffron white wine cream sauce and an parisian saffron gnocchi. The mussels were a pefect texture and the gnocchi was delish. The gnocchi is normally an entree selection on the regular menu and I think I might opt for it next time we return.
Return we will, as all of the entrees we opted for were superb. My darling girlfriend had pan-roasted duck breast with bleu cheese potato gratin and toasted pistascio, I had boneless center cut pork loin with pear carpaccio and a pinot noir reduction and our companions had the seared barramundi with beet rissoto and the NY strip loin with arugula salad. All of them were great. Our service was a little off near the end, but nowhere near the way that Jen’s was – we just had a little longer of a wait before we could ask for the check than I would have necessarily liked.
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