Today, Mike and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. We decided to go all out for dinner and made reservations at Wink.
We ordered the 5-course vegetarian chef's tasting menu with paired wines. We've done this 3 or 4 times before, and it's divine. I've never understood wines going with food until we had done this at Wink. Our first course was a sungold tomato salad with parsley and a basil pesto. It was paired with a RosÃ© wine. It was very good. I was bummed about tomatoes this year, cuz I hadn't had any decent ones. But hurrah! Finally, some really delicious tomatoes.
Second course was a sweet corn cake with grape tomatoes, sauteed zephyr squash, arugula, and black pepper honey. This was paired with an Alsace Pinot Gris. OMG. OMG. This dish was divine. Sweet lovely heaven. The wine was paired to perfection. There was a slight honey flavor going on in the wine, that went well with the bit of black pepper honey in the dish. Delicious.
Third course was spaghetti squash with Boggy Creek Farms green beans & rapini, chickenÂ fried mushrooms in a brown butter sauce. And by butter, they mean BUTTER. This was really good. I especially enjoyed the green beans and mushrooms. This was paired with a White Burgundy wine. Very good pairing.
Fourth course was a hand-rolled couscous with brassica greens, truffel oil, a bit of shaved truffels, baby carrots, and grilled red onions. This was paired with red wine that I forget what it was called. It was super strong smelling, and had a very strong flavor, but went with the very earthy taste of the course. This was Mike's favorite course by far. He said it might even be his favorite course he's ever had at Wink. Oooh-la-la. Big words.
The last course of the tasting menu was an italian cheeseplate. It consisted of fior di langa, vento d'estate, pecorino stagionato, & gorgonzola naturale. I think this was paired with a 2005 Hekate Vino Passito. But not 100% sure.
We did end up ordering a desert, which we've never done before. Usually the five course meal comes with a desert, and I guess this one did (the cheeseplate), but we were wanting something sweet. We ordered the Wink Trio which consists of a sampling of their lemon meringue pot, crÃ¨me brÃ»lÃ©e, & el rey chocolate cake. I think my favorite is still their lemon merigue pot, while Mike is a sucker for any flourless chocolate cake.
We probably should have stopped with the five course meal like we usually do, but we got greedy with the dessert, so we walked out a bit more stuffed than we generally like. But still, it was one of the best meals we've had in awhile. Definitely worth the very steep price tag.
We ended the night by going to Whole Foods to pick up some Dirty Girl tomatoes that our waitress suggested. I can't wait to try those tomorrow!