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31 December 2007 @ 09:41 pm
 
merrrrgh.

can’t move.

too. much. awesome. dinner.

Don and I have been going to the Iron Forge Inn for New Year’s eve since we moved into Warwick three years ago. The food is always excellent, the service lovely, and we always manage a seat by the fire in the rustic, exposed-beam Tap Room. There are usually separate menus for the tap room and the upstairs dining rooms, but on New Year’s Eve, it’s a prix fixe menu all ‘round, with a choice of three or five courses.

This year, we went crazy. That’s right, flist: we opted for the five course meal. WITH wine pairings (well, for me). So, best as I can recall (FIVE COURSES! FIVE WINES! = I am a bit loopy), our dinner:

~amuse-bouche: crispy chestnut-chicken wonton with fennel garnish and a drizzle of honey (and something) sauce

~first course: I had the cream of potato soup with winter truffle, which was paired with an unexpectedly delightful champagne. Don had the salad of shaved fennel with gorgonzola and... um... other things, with a toasted orange curry dressing.

~second course (the same for both of us): mushroom ragout with... ? (something yummy and polenta-ish with an awesome sauce of awesomeness), served with a particularly lovely (and very cold) chardonnay

~third course: I had crispy scallops with lobster sauce and apple fennel salad served with a beautiful, light rosé. Don had steak carpaccio with a lemon vinaigrette, friseé and something else... ugh. I should have asked for a menu. darn it. Anyway, my scallops were brilliant: crispy on the outside, gorgeously tender inside. They melted in the mouth, and the lobster sauce was sheer happy.

~fourth course: I opted for the salt and rosemary crusted pork loin with sweet potato, spinach and vanilla infused root vegetables, served with a sublime pinot noir. Don had seared scallops with a lemon-caviar sauce and... something else. See? This is why I need a menu!

~fifth course: dessert tasting menu: Crème brûlée with raspberry pureé and chocolate biscotti with chocolate sorbet and chocolate ganache, (for me) served with a Sandeman ruby port.
 
 
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La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on January 1st, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Curses! Now I am having a terrible craving for creme brulee.