May 29, 2010

Quick Reveiw: Cakes and Ale

Went back to Cakes and Ale this week for the first time in a couple months. We enjoyed another excellent meal; unfortunately, I forgot my camera again and got a bunch of crappy phone pics.
We started with two fresh and seasonal appetizers. The fried polenta with a whipped herbed ricotta and radishes was delicious; the polenta perfectly crispy on the outside with a creamy interior. The crisp radishes providing a nice textural counterpoint to the creamy cheese.

Even better was the salad of sunflower sprouts, roasted beets, and warm goat cheese. Delicate and light but packed with the flavors of spring. 
The entrees were equaling inspiring: The wild king salmon over a warm cucumber, celery & potato salad, with a mustard vinaigrette and purslane was tasty. The skin on the salmon prepared to a crisp perfection and the bright cucumber salad just popped. Also fine was the whole roasted NC trout, asparagus, leek & butter bean pirlau, salsa rustica.

We drank a nice wine, too. The 2003 Arcadian Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard was in a great drinking zone after resting a few years.Tasty, with notes of asian spice and cranberry.

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