Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Invitro

December 16, 2014


Steak served w mushrooms and aurugla salad - 2

J's comment > not bad; very tender steak (FYI, this is a filet mignon), quite thick actually, and perfectly cooked through; flavor could be bolder though; mushroom and salad passable; this dish, and all the rest actually, needed a touch more salt

The Typical Caprese: Buffalo Bocconcini, pesto, smoked prosciutto, oven-dried tomato, balsamic reduction, olive oil and basil - 2

J's comment > not bad; very creamy bocconcini, the closest non-bufala cheese texture to the real thing; good balance of the prosciutto and dressing, not too strong

The Payoff: Baked Brie w roasted garlic, olive oil, and crostini served w local fruit preserves - 2

J's comment > not bad; very creamy brie, a most acceptable alternative to 'just' butter; wonderful pairing w the jam and roasted garlic (although the garlic was a real pain to get out of its husks)

The Persian: Seasonal fruit, pistachios, rosewater, olive oil, goat cheese, with mixed greens - 2

J's comment > not bad; lovely medley of flavors, esp the pronounced rosewater which I'm partial to; this is one salad that I could eat more often if I had to pick a salad; FYI, these were on the house and were plated as sampler spoons, I think the actual dish will arrive in the usual salad style

Bolognese: Home-made egg noodles served w veal, sausage, beef, & lardons, garnished w parmesan cheese and fresh herbs - 2

J's comment > noodles cooked well, borderline al dente; really generous amt of meat as you can see; would have liked some sauce to go w the pasta though

Pork Chop glazed w 33 Acres Beer, served mushrooms & arugula salad - 2

J's comment > tender pork but didn't get the beer at all; pork flavor present but could be bolder still, and a dash more salt

Chicken rubbed w Tuscan herbs & butter, served mushrooms & arugula salad - 2

J's comment > a very tender chicken breast, perfectly cooked through; like the steak and pork chop though, it was a smidgen bland; needs a lot more herbs and butter ;D

Mediterranean Burger: Oven-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, and lemon caper mayo - 2

J's comment > very firm and thick patty, but well cooked despite its size; toppings OK, but needs more salt

Melone: Cantaloupe wrapped w smoked prosciutto, olive oil, balsamic reduction and pepper - 2

J's comment > really firm cantaloupe (I prefer them a lot softer), but sweet enough; this dish was exactly that: prosciutto wrapped around slices of cantaloupe

Leeks & Cream: Home-made egg noodles served w cream, parmesan cheese, butter, leeks and white wine - 2

J's comment > sauce waaay too runny, this was almost a soup w pasta in it; egg noodles same as the ones in the bolognese above

Chocolate brownie w rosemary toffee and candied bacon - 2

J's comment > a passable brownie; strong rosemary flavor in the toffee; needs more bacon; FYI, this was on the house as well

Pavlova: Meringue w whipped vanilla cream and fresh fruit - 2

J's comment > more like a baked alaska than a pavlova (pavlova has a crisp exterior, this was soft all the way through); no egg white smell (I dislike this taste) at all though, which I have to applaud the chef on; very fluffy, kinda like an egg white mousse

The Jessica: Malibu, Lemonhart, egg white, lemon juice, simple syrup & pineapple juice - 2

J's comment > not bad; as w the Pavlova above, no egg white smell; didn't get the bromelain at all from the pineapple (bromelain is the cause for the burning, prickly sensation after eating pineapple) which I am so thankful for; 
this was kinda like a pina colada despite the lack of coconut; FYI, all the juices, including this pineapple juice, was freshly squeezed out of actual fruits in the house

Dinner Menu

Cocktail Menu

A shot of the interior
FYI, the artwork on the walls are for sale.

Invitro Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Extra Comment
The owner/chef Sarah made all 12 dishes single-handedly! This restaurant is actually located inside a house, Sarah's house to be exact, and she and one of her staff actually live on the premises! How cool is that?! :D



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