I was hoping to put up more posts this week as I’ve eaten several blog-worthy meals in the past week (sneak peek…The Orchard receives a thumbs up with a few reservations and Mia Dona receives a thumbs down with no reservations…ah, the puns). Those posts will have to wait as I have to tell you about my lunch at Rouge Tomate yesterday with a client/friend. When Rouge Tomate opened, my reaction was “healthy, smealthy; if I want to eat something that’s good for me, I can do that at home, thank you very much.” But then Frank Bruni published his one-star review and I was intrigued. Still, I was more interested in the space than in the food. The space did not disappoint – it’s absolutely gorgeous – but the food far exceeded my expectations.
We started lunch by perusing the lengthy list of drinks from the restaurant’s juice bar. I went with a basic iced tea and my friend opted for a Rouge Tomate lemonade (lemon juice, mint, agave, seltzer) from the “Cocktails No Alcohol” list, which includes lots of fun creations. I had a sip of the lemonade and it was delicious. Based on a quick review of the menu, I’d guess that the cocktails with alcohol are pretty fabulous and right up my alley with clean, crisp flavors.
For our appetizer, we split the leek and potato flatbread with sheep’s milk feta, pine nut, market grape and caper. When our appetizer arrived, I was very sorry that I was not toting my camera as the food was presented beautifully. The flatbread was light and crispy and the toppings were perfect, particularly the toasted pine nuts.
We both ordered scallops for our main course – specifically, Nantucket bay scallops with heirloom cauliflower, foraged mushrooms, and Pedro Ximénez (which Wikipedia tells me is white grape grown in certain regions of Spain and also a dessert sherry). Again, the presentation was striking with three varieties of cauliflower (white, yellow, and purple). The serving size was ample but, despite eating every last bite, I didn’t leave Rouge Tomate feeling too full. Instead, I felt completely satisfied and delighted with my meal and ready to return again soon (with my camera in hand).