It seems like everywhere I go lately, someone’s talking about Juniper & Ivy. And after checking it out for myself, I can see why. Helmed by Richard Blais (of Top Chef All Stars fame), it’s about as close to perfection as I can imagine.
We went about a week ago, before my gent headed out of town for a while. They seated us in a cozy corner booth where we nibbled and giggled and even cuddled a bit. The whole evening was divine… but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Despite our reservations, the table wasn’t quite ready upon our arrival so we headed to the bar for some libations (and a selfie). I chose something off their signature menu and was thrilled when it showed up garnished with an orchid. I was even more ecstatic that it tasted as good as it looked! Even the Mr. couldn’t resist a taste.
Within minutes of being seated, our amuse bouche arrived. They were bite-sized cheddar biscuits and I could’ve eaten a whole handful. They were light and cheesy and one barely seemed like enough, but they definitely served to whet our appetites for the meal ahead.
Our friendly server encouraged us to share several courses, instead of going for the classic appetizer and main. So we started off with some crab fritters.
Crab fritters are one of my favorite apps, so I’ve had enough to know a good one when I taste it. These blew me away. While they certainly weren’t the healthiest (heavily battered and fried), they were some of the most delicious I’ve ever had. They were light, fluffy, and packed with flavor.
Our next course was lamb pappardelle. I’m a sucker for handmade pasta, and this was delicious but actually my least favorite course. That just goes to show how good everything else was!
Finally, our main arrived. I think my date’s jaw hit the floor when this landed on our table. Big beefy onion rings and perfectly roasted root veggies stacked on a big piece of steak (cooked to perfection, of course).
It was the perfect amount of food, and we savored every bite. Perfectly satiated, we passed on dessert. Yet a couple of bite-sized cookies arrived with the check. Somebody gobbled them down like he hadn’t seen food in months [he’ll kill me if he ever reads this] so our server kindly brought more. See what I’m saying? Stellar service.
From start to finish, I give Juniper & Ivy top marks. I can’t wait to bring my parents when they visit next month!