Monday, June 15, 2009

112 Eatery is Unique

Saturday night we celebrated our anniversary with dinner at 112 Eatery. It is in an historic building in the Minneapolis warehouse district, very small and very busy. The only reservation we could get was for 5 p.m. we had a comfy booth surrounded in dark wood with comfortable benches. We started with a bottle of Pacific Rim Riesling from Bonnie Doon winery. The wine list has many reasonably priced bottles of wine.

The menu had appetizers, sides, entrees and desserts. We started with an appetizer salad- romaine leaves with Roquefort dressing. The dressing was a vinaigrette which was a pleasant surprise and the salad was topped with crumbled blue cheese and toasted bread crumbs that added a satisfying crunch.

My entree was the seafood cutlets with leek relish. The cutlets were actually similar to a crab cake but consisted of shrimp, crabmeat and scallops. It was served with a curry aioli and topped with lightly sauteed leeks. The leeks looked pretty but had little flavor.

My husband had a country style pork rib with picante sauce (sold by the rib) and Chinese fried eggs. For sides we shared cauliflower fritters and pan fried gnocchi. I didn't like the gnocchi as its center was very soft.

At dessert we tried two there and brought one home! I enjoyed Nancy Silverton's Butterscoth Budino ( a very rich pudding topped with butterscotch sauce, whipped cream and sea salt). My husband gave pecan coconut cake a la mode rave reviews.

Some unique items on the menu- duck & radicchio salad, proscuitto, grapefruit and mint salad, lamb scottadito with goats milk yogurt, tagliatelle with fois gras meatballs, nori encrusted sirloin with ponzu.

A delicious and unique meal in a comfortable atmosphere with attentive wait staff!

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