Restaurant Eve Anniversary Dinner

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Last weekend, we celebrated our 6th anniversary in style with an overnight trip to Old Town Alexandria. We stayed at the lovely Hotel Monaco, had pre-dinner drinks at the very cool Bar PX, and splurged on the 9-course tasting menu with wine pairings at Restaurant Eve, where the food and service were superb.

We were there for about 4 hours, as befit that amount of food and wine, and I apologize for the quality of my photos – once the sun went down, the room was quite dark and many of my photos came out blurry and/or poorly lit.

We started with a series of amuse-bouches that were delicious, even though I can only recall that the outer ones were deviled quail’s eggs and the ones next to those were some sort of gougere.

IMG_1322Next came a lovely little spring garlic velouté (no photo), and then carrot sorbet served on a little silver spoon:

IMG_1325Our first “official” course was Sashimi of hamachi with red Thai chili, garlic emulsion, and red mustard, served with a Höllerer Gruner Veltiner 2013 from Austria.

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Next up was a terrine of Moulard duck foie gras with pickled ramps and a delicious brioche (not shown), paired with Michael Shaps ‘Honah Lee Vineyard’ Petit Manseng 2013 from Charlottesville.

IMG_1330Then came a soft-shell crab with morels, lemon confit, spring peas, and beans, paired with Patz & Hall ‘Dutton Ranch’ Chardonnay 2013 from the Russian River region.

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Seared loin of tuna with sunchoke purée, tatsoi and warm bacon vinaigrette, paired with Maison Saint Aix Grenache Blend 2014 from Provence.

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“Eggs and Bacon” paired with Genio Monastrell 2012 from Spain.

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Pasture raised beef with Virginia asparagus, pickled leeks, and garlic greens cream paired with the delicious RdV ‘Friends and Family’ Bordeaux Blend 2011 from Virginia. (No photo, the only one I have is irredeemably blurry and dark.)

Cheese course, which we could only manage a few nibbles of.

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Pre-dessert of lemon verbena semifreddo with poached rhubarb, along with La Fleur D’Or Semillon 2011 from Sauternes.

IMG_1342And finally, Chuao chocolate cream with raspberry gastrique and cocoa nibs, paired with the superb Agricola Sullen ‘Voület’ Red Malvasia 2010 from Italy.

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When we left, they gave us 2 more gifts: a box with 8 little sweets inside (2 each of 4 different kinds), and a bag with their scone mix and some coffee.

It was quite the event, and well worth it even though I was almost done in by all the food and wine! It was fun to celebrate our anniversary together in style after being separated last year by the deployment. And next year, we’ll probably be eating Korean food on our anniversary!

 

 

 

 

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