This is the first season I've participated in the Dine-O-Round. Kulani has involved himself in the cause in previous seasons. As always, we take our faithful dinner compatriots, Lani and Patrick. For those not in the know, Dine-O-Round is Salt Lake City's answer to National Stay At Home Week. Nice, expensive restaurants around town offer more reasonably priced 3-course menus for the week.
Last night we tried the Metropolitan, a frech restaurant in downtown SLC. They started our meal by giving us an amuse busche, which for those who don't watch the Food Network, it's a bite of food meant to get your taste buds ready for the meal. Ours was a little tasty salad bite. The first course choices included a celery soup or a bib salad with strawberries, almonds, and a poppy-seed dressing. The choice of entrees for the Dine-O-Round were tri-tip bison or salmon. The choice for dessert was a mixed-berry cobbler or chocolate molten cake. As we like to do, I ordered one menu and Kulani ordered the exact opposite, and then we shared.
Here's my report card on the food:
- Celery soup: A-
- Bibb lettuce salad: B-
- Salmon: A
- Bison: C
- Molton cake: B
- Pre-dinner bread: D (They had this barley-type bread that almost ruined the rest of my meal.)
They didn't bring me my cobbler, and the cake looked too good to take back, so I just ate it. I didn't appreciate that the restaurant didn't have salt and pepper at the table. My guess is, and mind you I haven't eaten at too many fancy French restaurants, the chef should season it to perfection thereby you do not need salt or pepper at the table. But to my liking, the bison needed much more salt.
We arrived back home to finish our night by watching the pre-recorded episode of The Office season premiere. It's the little indulgences that keep this train on its track. As a good friend once said to me, date night is cheaper than marriage counseling. And tastier.