Sunday, May 15, 2011

Washington Place Bistro and Inn Review #2

On New Years Eve my fiancee and I went to dinner at Washington Place Bistro and Inn to celebrate the new year and our engagement that took place that morning. (Review #1)  Recently my fiancee finished graduate school and I wanted to take her out to celebrate.   I decided to take her back to Washington Place to take advantage of their Wednesday 2 for $40 special.   On Wednesday's two people can get 1 appetizer to share, 2 entrees and a bottle of wine (all from a special 2 for $40 menu.)

FOOD
Our meal started out with a wonderful plate of Western Reserve Bread. It featured an asiago cheese bread and a sweet ciabatta bread and served with red sea salt butter.  The asiago cheese bread was my favorite of the two.
For our appetizer we picked the Lentil Soup.  This vegan soup was prepared with mixed lentils, chef's garden carrots, onions, peas, celery, and seasoned with some ginger and cumin.   The soup had a very fresh and earthy flavor to it.  The lentils added a little thickness to the soup.  We both agreed the soup really was outstanding.
For my fiancee's entree she picked the Mack and Cheese. It was prepared with mackenzie and barracilli cheeses, house made chorizo, goat cheese strudel and topped with fresh micro greens.  The pasta was cooked perfectly and the mixture of cheeses were packed with flavor.  The chorizo was fresh and well seasoned.  We both really enjoyed the Mack and Cheese but felt it was saltier than we desired.
For my entree I picked the Chicken Thigh Confit.  It was served with a jalapeno and scallion spoonbread, chef's garden braised spinach, and a roasted tomato gravy.   The two chicken thighs were falling off the bone they were so tender and juicy.  The outside of the thigh had a crispy skin and was packed with flavor.  The spoonbread was not as dense as I had expected, but still was very filling.  The the braised spinach and onion was warm and flavorful.  Everything about this dish was amazing and I'd get it again for sure!
Chef Jonathon Guest knows what he is doing in the kitchen.  The food we were served was cooked with great care and was packed with flavor.  Something else we were impress with was the size of the entrees.  They didn't skimp on portion sizes just because this was a special menu.  These were full entrees that were very filling.  Food wise Washington Place Bistro and Inn gets a 4.75/5.

WINE
For the special you have your choice of 5 different wines.  Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sparkling, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvingnon.  We really enjoy dry red wine and the Cabernet did the trick for us!
Atmosphere and Service
As you can see from the pictures the sun was shining brightly while we sat in the enclosed sun room.  The sun coming out in Cleveland has been a rarity this spring and being in this room really made for a wonderful dinning experience.  What made this experience even better was a top notch server.  She was extremely knowledgeable about the entire menu and discussed with us some of the flavors we were experiencing as we ate.  She even offered to have the Chef come out and talk to us after we raved about how much we enjoyed the soup.   At the end of our meal Chef Guest did come over to the table to talk about the soup and was very willing to share how it was prepared.  Atmosphere and Service get a 5/5!

Overall
This was our second trip to Washington Place Bistro and Inn.  We look forward to many more trips to this fine restaurant.  If you are looking for a dinning deal in Cleveland be sure to consider the 2 for $40 menu on Wednesdays!!  Overall 4.75/5.
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1 comment:

Tired Mom T├ęsa said...

That looks like a fantastic dinner! We haven't been there yet but now after seeing your photos, I can't wait to try it out!

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