This was buried in my email and it almost slipped my mind. But then, no kidding, I dreamed of miniature cupcakes and remembered.
For those of you new to the blog, a few months ago the honorable old Palace Restaurant, in the Cincinnatian, started offering sporadic Thursday night deals. (You can read about our own recent experiences at the Palace.)
You see, the Palace has a new Chef, Jose Salazar, as well as my favorite Pastry Chef, Summer Genetti. The two of them are working pretty hard at breathing new life into an old establishment. They've made the food more friendly and approachable and the prices have been lowered a bit. In the midst of that, they've managed to keep the menu creative and at a high quality, using mostly locally sourced ingredients.
And then there are these random Thursday deals that really do qualify as a deal.
For $60 total (excluding tax & tip), you get a huge dinner for two plus a bottle of wine. You usually get to choose from between about 5 or 6 different bottles, all of decent or better than decent calibre. As for those courses, in my experience it's more like 3-courses with bonuses. You'll start the meal with a complimentary amuse bouche and finish the meal with a complimentary dessert. They say it's only the first 10 people who reserve that get free dessert, but they never actually tell you if you're in the first 10. So, no promises on that free dessert, but I bet you get it. There are also complimentary pastries with the check. All in all, you're getting quite a lot for $60. And no, that's not $60 per person. It's per two-people.
The full menu for tonite is after the jump. Make sure you call ahead to reserve a table, 513.381.3000. Tell them "Wine Girl" sent you. And folks, I know I promote the Palace pretty heavily. I get nothing out of it – I swear – except maybe a few tasty cupcakes here and there. Mostly I just want to see two young chefs succeed with some great ideas.
Update: I just read on the Palace Facebook page that this deal is now every THIRD Thursday. Hooray! Tonite, they add, Summer is offering 1/2 price desserts, so that dessert might not be tossed into your meal this time, but make sure to try some anyway. If you look through my Palace photos, you'll see that I just love her desserts. And I highly recommend the miniature cupcakes.
Tonight's prix fixe selections include:
Iceberg Wedge pickled red onions, bacon bits and blue cheese dressing
Small Farm Greens with oven roasted tomatoes and sherry vinaigrette Soup of the Day
grilled asparagus, roasted fingerling potatoes and hollandaise mouselline
Cauliflower puree, baby carrots, stuffed cipollini onion and sauce bordelaise
amish chicken breast with parmesan bread pudding, braised romaine hearts, parmesan and black pepper cream, white anchovy and chicken jus
And a Bottle of Wine from this weeks "Maitre d' picks"
Call 513-381-3000, reservations required. 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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