Tar & Roses
Phill’s mom was still in town for about a week and so we wanted to treat her to a nice meal out, and what better place to do that than Tar & Roses? Plus, it’s been almost a year since we last went. Our first course consisted of fried cauliflower with lavender spiced honey and ricotta salata. It was a nice take and the cauliflower was perfect.
We also had the veal tartare crostini with tuna sauce, pickled onion and tarragon and the Singaporean chili crab cake with cilantro and golden pea shoots. The veal tartare is one of my favorite dishes at Tar & Roses — everything from the veal to the crispy bread, it’s so good. The crab cake was also very good, but not as unique as you’d hope.
We were supposed to have three courses, but everything kind of came out next which included the spaghetti carbonara with soft egg, pancetta, parmesan and black pepper. The pancetta was so good and the flavor was soaked up by the rest of the dish. Yum.
We also had the wood roasted broccolini with white anchovy pesto, lemon and chili which was fairly standard as well as another one of my favorite dishes: the lemon ricotta gnocchi with butternut squash, brussels sprouts and saba. Definitely get that every time.
For Phill’s sister we got the wood roasted half chicken with tomato bread salad which was pretty good. Along with that we got the cheesy whipped potatoes with gruyere and chives which were nice and fluffy.
But, our big entree was the whole fried red snapper for two.
It came with cold soba noodles and a terrific dipping sauce. The best part was they cubed it out so it was easy to share and get the fish without getting bones everywhere.Dessert was the strawberry ricotta crostata again, which is always how we seem to end our meals at Tar & Roses.
Overall Tar & Roses was another terrific meal, and we really should be going there more than once every year.