Last week, Village Tavern celebrated its first year anniversary of serving good noms in the country. They invited a group of bloggers, including us (yay!), to try out their new menu items. We arrived just in time, the first round had just been served to the table and we were famished and ready to exercise (ha ha) our tastebuds. Taste testing is always fun, especially if they’re noms by any of The Bistro Group restaurants (they never disappoint).
The appetizers included a basket of nacho chips, a healthy Fully Loaded Romaine Heart, a decidedly unhealthy Roasted Bone Marrow, and my favorite of the night, Crispy Clams with Spicy Lemon Dip. The salad came in a neat little package. The whole head of romaine lettuce rested atop the serving plate and evenly distributed between the greens are the dressing, bacon bits, and other salad thingamajigs. Eating it required both a knife and a fork but it was fun all the same.
After the salad, we got to try the Roasted Bone Marrow, which is that exactly. The bone is sliced down the middle and roasted, and the bone marrow will serve as your spread on toast. It was actually pretty good, but I’m already getting weak in the knees just writing about it.
The last of the appetizers is the Crispy Clams with Spicy Lemon Dip, which is probably what snacks in beer heaven are made of. These tiny fried and salted clams in light batter go well with the tangy dip (with a hint of spice) and a bucket of beer. I would’ve prefered bigger clams, I was already spooning them out towards the end, but they were delightful nonetheless.
Wow, that was a mouthful. And I haven’t even gotten to the main entries yet. Let me try to cut down the word count for this bit. Of all the entries, I would have to give the spotlight to the Tomahawk- a 35oz, hand cut, hand picked slab of beautiful meat. I have to give mention that it is grilled wonderfully- pink on the inside and gradually browner (is this a word?) around the edges. It was juicy and fatty in all the right places too. After all that praise, do I even have to tell you that I’m in love with it?
Besides the steak, we also got to try the Cod Fish. It’s a pan seared Atlantic cod fish served on a bed of roasted potatoes, a meal in itself. It’s a lighter dish for those who are watching their weight and food intake, I guess. There was also the Lamb Rack, an individual dish of rosemary-infused lamb served on a bed of ‘taters. It seemed to be a big hit with everyone else, but because I’m not a fan of lamb, the Tomahawk wins the night.
All in all, it was a pretty fun anniversary bash. We even got to meet and talk with corporate chef Josh Boutwood whose accent was so alluring, I could barely process what he was saying. (He was explaining how he infused the lamb with rosemary and how he was able to get the right soufflé texture for the dessert. Or the weather, and it would have impressed me all the same.)
Oh, if you wanna read more about the event, head over to BuhayKuheho for Lianne’s story.
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