There have been so many times where I found myself enjoying the appetizers of a meal more than the entrees. In light of this oft-occurring phenomenon, my friend Kat and I decided to skip out on the steaks at Quality Meats and instead order a table of appetizers. We were a little apprehensive of whether one, if we would have enough food, or two, if we would be scoffed at by the wait staff. I’m happy to report back that the whole experience turned out to be really wonderful. I loved being able to sample a variety of different dishes, the food was more than enough, and the wait staff didn’t think that we were strange at all. Well, maybe they did think that, but they certainly didn’t show it. We were made to feel right at home.
The meal started out with complimentary figs and cheese. The figs were bright and tangy, paired nicely with the cheese and a dash of salt. We were instantly tickled pink and put into a lovely mood by this complimentary plate.
The rosemary bread came so piping hot that we had to let it sit for a bit before digging in. Super fluffy and soft on the inside, this was a real treat.
We were first intrigued by the corn creme brulee on the menu, and then we fell madly in love with the corn creme brulee. I was so surprised at how yummy it was. Creamy with that slight corn-y sweetness, this was one of the stars of the night.
While we didn’t order steaks, meat was still a must have. Here are the baby back ribs with crispy lotus roots. The sweet glaze tasted distinctly Asian. The meat fell right off the bone and was quite satisfying.
The steak tartare is what Kat came here for. It comes with an egg to mix in and then an assortment is different salts and seasonings to sprinkle on. I think it lived up to her expectations.
The bone marrow is what I had my eye on. I was so excited to see how they prepared it. The idea is to spoon some onto pieces of toast with some veggie spread and a sprinkle of salt. It was very rich bone marrow. I thought the tomatoes and carrots masked the creamy bone marrow flavor so I ended up just eating the marrow by the spoonful and then ate the toast and spread separately. Still delicious. This is also because I am big fan of bone marrow. At home, my mom would make pork stock with these giant bones full of marrow. When the stock was finished, you’ll always find me sitting at the kitchen table digging into the bone marrow. So good and really nutritious too.
I didn’t get any good pictures of the dessert, unfortunately. We had long heard about Quality Meats’ ice cream cake cups. I tried the Strawberry S’more with strawberry chunk ice cream, graham cracker cake, and toasted marshmallow icing. Kat got the Pie Fight with blueberry pie ice cream, lemon chiffon cake, key lime frosting, and topped with blueberries and a mini lemon tart. Perhaps our expectations were too high. Both ice cream cakes were average, nothing to write home about. I would skip dessert for more of their meats next time.
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