Boyfriend and I were able to attend another Dine-out just prior to my cruise. This time I chose a $28 menu, at a restaurant close to where we live so that we didn’t have to travel far.
We had been to The American Grille once before because of a recommendation from a friend to try their Rib-eye steak. It was a good experience that time so we had good expectations going into this.
|Baby Spinach Salad
parma ham, heirloon tomatoes, olive vinaigrette
|VQA SuggestedWine Pairing||Mission Hill Five Vineyard Chardonnay||— or —||Mussel Veloute
crispy leeks, artichoke and black pepper filoncini
|VQA SuggestedWine Pairing||Mission Hill Five Vineyard Chardonnay||Smoked Halibut
pan seared cold smoked halibut, bing cherry merlot reduction, roast garlic sauteed spinach, lemon and herb risotto
|VQA SuggestedWine Pairing||Mission Hill Reserve Merlot||— or —||Lamb Chop Medallions
caramelized onion jus, grape tomato compote, glazed baby carrots, yukon gold potato pave
|VQA SuggestedWine Pairing||Mission Hill Five Vineyard Cabernet Merlot||Mille Feuille
fresh strawberries and kiwi, vanilla bean cream, phyllo pastry
|VQA SuggestedWine Pairing||Mission Hill Reserve Late Harvest Riesling||— or —||Chocolate Three Ways
chocolate pistachio pate, white chocolate espresso creme, chipotle spiced chocolate gelato in cocoa tuille cup
|VQA SuggestedWine Pairing||Mission Hill Reserve Late Harvest Riesling|
We picked one of each option to share between us.
The bread basket served consisted of the usual sliced bread and a crispy flat-bread cracker-type thing. It was sprinkled with poppy seeds and was very aromatic biting into it. Boyfriend enjoyed this a lot.
I chose the Mussel Veloute, not knowing what exactly a “veloute” was. I guess it’s cream soup, ‘cuz that’s what this was. Cream soup. There was ONE mussel in it. In the middle of the bowl. I was pretty disappointed with it. It wasn’t that it tasted bad though, just wasn’t what I was expecting. I guess that’s my own fault though.
Boyfriend’s appetizer was the Spinach salad. Nothing to write home about.
This is the Smoked Halibut. It was good, not great. I expected more of the smoked taste to it but there just wasn’t enough. I’ve had better smoked fish elsewhere. The best part was the bing cherry merlot reduction. That was good by itself, but altogether, I just thought the reduction didn’t match the flavor of the fish.
These were the Lamb Chop Medallions and boy were they good. They were succulent, a perfect medium-rare. Everything went well with each other. I enjoyed this, so did Boyfriend.
The Mille Feuille was bleh~ The kiwis were too sour, as were the strawberries. Boyfriend almost choked from inhaling the powdered sugar. After he recovered, he said it was like eating air. Nothing substantial.
I had originally chose the “Chocolate Three Ways” dessert. However they sold out of it so they gave me the option of picking something from their dessert menu, and Boyfriend and I were more than happy to oblige.
So we picked the Banana Creme Brulee because it sounded interesting. and it was SO GOOD. It was creamy and banana-y. Absolutely wonderful.
So am I gonna go back? You bet I am! For the regular menu though most likely.