How late am I on this post? The hubby and I went for dinner at Arugula for our anniversary back in May.
May. It’s now August!
Pretty late huh? But, I’m still dreaming about that meal!
We started by having a few drinks. I ordered a Pom Pom consisting of Kettle One vodka, Pama liquor, fresh strawberry, pomegranate juice with a sugared rim. It was tasty but really strong, I hadn’t eaten much that day so it made me a little giggly. OK, very giggly. Even a little dizzy. Let’s not talk about it. Moving on. John loves to try local beer and had several, the names however completely escape me. (Maybe it was that drink!)
We both wanted to have an appetizer but couldn’t agree on what to get so we each got one! I ordered the Housemade Mozzarella with charred bread, fried capers, tarragon basil pine nut pesto and tomato jam. I’m not kidding when I say I dream about this dish. I could have ordered it for my main meal and dessert and still wanted to have more. The mozzarella was creamy and perfect all on its own but when paired with everything else it was amazing. Seriously amazing. I’m drooling just thinking about it now.
The Pork Shoulder Rillettes that John ordered for his appetizer had pork that had been braised for 12 hours. And, with the addition of charred bread, blackberry-fennel jam and whole grain mustard dressed frisee he was one happy boy. He said the flavors combined really well and he would definitely order it again sometime.
I ordered their Pear Gnocchi for my main dish. I was a little nervous about it because it paired sweet and savory and I’m not normally a fan of that all in the same dish but it worked. Oh my did it ever work. The combination of ricotta gnocchi, pears, spinach, gorgonzola and cream was so good. None of the ingredients overpowered any of the others and the flavors really came though but was still really light.
If he could have John would have picked up his plate and licked it, he liked his Duck Confit Gnocchi that much. It was the same ricotta gnocchi but was handled completely different with the addition of duck, asparagus, orange. Again a combination you don’t really run across that often but it worked very well. Like I said, he would have licked his plate.
I can’t believe I’m about to say this but I was let down by my dessert. Can you believe that I didn’t fall head over heels for their flourless chocolate cake? I originally wanted their coconut cake but they were out of it. So maybe knowing I was settling skewed my opinion a bit. But, it really did taste dry and was really cold.
My dessert experience isn’t going to keep me from returning to eat there though. The service was fantastic, the drinks were good and the appetizers and meals were very tasty. I just hope I can try their other desserts! Maybe the coconut cake?
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