Ca Nuong at Le Colonial
Cutting into this salmon dish is like slicing butter; and like butter, the tender protein virtually melts in your mouth. Paired with vermicelli and a ginger-lime garlic sauce and served with greens, the flavors are delicately balanced and the portion is more than satisfying.
Le Colonial has just been added to my list of favorite dining spots in the city.
Goat Cheese Empanadas at Branch27
In my opinion, anything served with goat cheese is an instant favorite. The empanada is substantial and not flakey, and is served with a chipotle aioli and cilantro. Branch27 offers an interesting spin on a hands-on classic. The staff is more than accommodating to our large party, and I note some weeknight specials that will have me returning to this wood-lined restaurant.
Sautéed Rainbow Trout at Duchamp
Another winning fish dish, the trout packs great flavor served simply with lemony, buttery goodness. I must say that I am disappointed by Duchamp’s complete menu change, as well the inability to order from the restaurant’s regular menu. All is forgiven with my first pleasing bite, as Duchamp’s minimalist interior allows its food to be the focal point.
Lychee Martini at Le Colonial
Did I mention enjoying Le Colonial? The food, the service, the ambiance are all exceptional. I can list each element of our meals here, but that would be to overlook the delicious libations menu. Our favorite is the refreshing and flavorful lychee martini that goes down a little too well.
Pho at Le Colonial
Altovinium Evodia Garnacha at Branch27