This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary with food. (What better way is there, really?)
We feasted at the Old Town Alexandria Restaurant Eve. A fan of Top Chef, I found it so fun to eat things that are “deconstructed” and “non-literal” and other descriptives they use on the show.
We opted for the 5 course tasting menu, and made our own selections for each one. But the kitchen also sent out complementary tiny palate teasers in between the main courses. The idea is to wake up your taste buds and get you ready for what’s coming next.
I loved this trio of miniature bites that came out first. The front one is a deviled quail egg with caviar, which I’d never choose on my own probably. But it was so little and cute and tasty.
After that came a scallop appetizer with the most buttery tasting ones I’ve ever had.
Then there was a spoonful of savory apple sorbet.
Unfortunately at this point of the meal, they asked us to stop taking pictures with the flash (Oops! It does disturb the other patrons after all) So the following fuzzy pictures taken with low light just don’t show how fabulous these other courses were.
I tried panisse for the first time. It’s chickpea flour formed into shape and fried. In case you’re wondering where the meat course is, we also had braised venison (not pictured because it looked like a nasty brown lump in the photo)
Next came the cheese course. Pictured are a stinky goat cheese trio and gouda with apple sauce and granola.
The dessert was truly fabulous. This is a coffee and cardamom flavored cheesecake with orange syrup in one and caramel in the other.
It’s funny how you can move abroad and move back home and go on with your life as if nothing much really changed.
And then you have a moment that makes you realize that being an expat really did change how you experience the world. I realized at this meal that Japan taught me so much about how to enjoy food. I’m much more adventurous now.
This restaurant also serves a chef’s choice tasting menu for the truly adventurous. The way it works, the chef decides what YOU will eat and sends it to your table. There’s no such thing as asking for the salad dressing on the side or specifying how you want it cooked. Next time we eat here, I’m ordering that.
Are you an adventurous eater? What’s the most interesting food you’ve eaten lately?