Last week I posted about The Cincinnatian's $60 deal. Kevin and I had dinner at The Palace last Thursday and had a great time. Just to refresh your memory, their special is a full dinner for two, including a bottle of wine, for $60.
I don't know if The Palace is doing this so that they don't end up with "the special occasion restaurant" label that helped kill Pigall's or if they're just trying to show off their new chef and pastry chef. Maybe both. Either way, it appeared to be quite successful last week, and they're doing it again tomorrow night. The expanded prix fixe menu for tomorrow's dinner is at the end of the post.
While we were there, we chatted with Lindsay, the concierge. Thanks
to that chat, The Cincinnatian is donating a certificate for a
one-night stay to our Krystal Pepper Memorial Scholarship silent
auction. (You can still buy tickets.)
On to our own dining experience …
I love both The Palace and The Cricket Lounge because they have a live pianist, occasionally accompanied by a violinist, who play standards and Broadway favorites. Since I'm fully convinced I should have been born in time to enjoy the fabulous 1940s, I tend to love that sort of thing. Since I was meeting Kevin, I got to the Cricket early and relaxed while sipping on a Manhattan. It was an excellent Manhattan, although I find $12 a little on the pricey side. While you can't get the full Palace menu in the Cricket Lounge, you can get Summer Genetti's full pastry menu and they have lunch specials and happy hour specials now as well.
Once Kevin arrived, we were seated in the Palace Restaurant proper. We were also given a choice of the prix fixe or regular menu, but of course we went with the prix fixe. We went with a bottle of Chateau Saint-Sulpice 2005 Bordeaux. I don't have many notes on it, but I found it a little wimpy and lacking in structure. Kevin had no problems with it and pointed out that after my Manhattan, anything might be wimpy.
We were first given a complimentary amuse bouche of duck confit and tabouli with chile and fennel. I don't do duck – ever – but Kevin enjoyed both of our mini appetizers. We followed that with a salad course: I chose the Ceasar and Kevin went with the Farm Greens and Sherry Vinaigrette. I found the Ceasar to be excellent, but Kevin thought the sherry vinaigrette was a bit salty.
We followed that with our entrees. Everything at The Palace has amazing presentation, from the delivery of the entrees to the plating. I had the NY Strip Steak with cipolini onion, sautéed arrow leaf spinach, yukon gold potato puree and beef jus. Since I require my meat to be 100% dead, I was thrilled that it was cooked perfectly to order at medium well. The potato puree was amazing. Kevin ordered the Roasted Atlantic Salmon with cauliflower puree and piquillo peppers. It wasn't on the original menu and had been added for the evening. This was excellent as well. In fact, I tried his salmon and didn't overly mind it, which is saying something for picky-eater-me.
We finished the meal with awesome desserts. Remember that for me, any meal is just prelude to the main event of dessert. In this case we had a flight of Summer's mini cupcakes with a pink theme as well as "Pastry Chef's Choice," which was a chocolate pots de crème. My only complaint, and it's a tiny one, is that I was spoiled when Summer Genetti was at Chalk. Because of my nut allergy, they would often substitute out certain mini cupcakes (like pistachio) for duplicates (such as two red velvets). In this case, I was simply told which cupcakes I couldn't eat. So I found that a little disappointing, but I didn't let it get in my way.
Finally, with the check we were brought little bonus desserts, at least two of which I could eat. I'll never quibble with bonus dessert.
Overall, the evening was excellent. We're hoping The Cincinnatian does this on a regular basis – but not too regular. If they have it too often, it sort of spoils the fun. I know that we're going again tomorrow night and if they continue to host these, we hope to attend once a month from here on out. For $60, it's a steal.
The full menu for tomorrow night's dinner is after the jump. You can make reservations by calling 513.381.3000.
As a reminder, the $60 for two does not include tax and tip.
This Thursday's prix fixe selections include:
And a Bottle of Wine from this weeks "Maitre d' picks"
This week the first 10 reservations received will also receive a dessert to share, compliments of Chef Jose Salazar and Pastry Chef Summer Genetti
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