Okay, first of all, we’ve just moved in to our lovely little home! So everything (including my brain) is quite scattered. Justin and I actually moved all of our belongings by ourselves. We’re so exhausted! This morning I woke up and looked at the clock and couldn’t figure out how to tell time. I actually counted the marks on the clock to figure out what time it was. Tired brain = no common sense.
Anyway, we were able to splurge a little tonight on a lovely dinner at Parkside. I know I’ve mentioned before how much I love Parkside, but it bears repeating. We went with some friends for Restaurant Week, and had a great time. It was “Martini Monday,” where everything in a martini glass is just $4. We tried talking them into pouring wine into a martini glass for the discount, but that didn’t work. ;)
Justin and I shared everything – this way we were able to taste more menu items! We started with the raw bar tasting and the calamari. The raw bar tasting consisted of three gorgeous oysters with the appropriate dipping sauces (cocktail sauce, horseradish, lemon) and a small glass of raw salmon tossed with pineapple and jalapeno. The oysters were so fresh and delicious… they tasted like the ocean itself. The salmon was incredibly good… sweet and spicy. The calamari was perfectly battered and fried, tiny rings and tentacles seasoned with salt and paprika, and served with aioli.
Next up were the entrees…I had the ricotta ravioli, which was excellent. The ravioli were tender and mild, tossed with fresh herbs and gorgeous mushrooms. Justin had the flounder, which was topped with capers and was also quite delicious.
Of course dessert was wonderful, too… Justin opted for the doughnut holes… it’s just not a complete visit to Parkside without the doughnut holes. They come served in a tiny brown paper sack, dusted with cinnamon sugar with three dipping sauces: bourbon cream, apple butter and butterscotch. I had the peanut butter-chocolate terrine, layered with phyllo dough and served with banana ice cream and peanut brittle. This. Was. Amazing. I probably would have licked the plate if I wasn’t in public.
We only made it to two restaurants for Restaurant Week – with moving from one side of Austin to the other, we’ve been quite busy and extremely tired. Even so, it was fun to get out and try something new, for a fairly low price. It was a great experience!