This year one my oldest friends, Amanda, and her husband were coming into town from Virginia so we were put in charge of finding a place to have a good dinner where we could chat and catch up. Of course we procrastinated a bit, so trying to make a reservation was a bit of a challenge. Not only due to the short notice, but also we were very against a price fixed menu. I always feel like the selections are never great (more so since I can be picky) and you always end up paying so much more. Turns out, finding any restaurant that was NOT doing a price fixed menu on New Years Eve was difficult. Ultimately, we (and by "we" I mean Nick) found Union Bar and Grille and although we had never been there, it had positive reviews. Further it was a part of the same restaurant group as Aquitaine, which is great.
Unfortunately Amanda's husband got the flu, so it ended up being the three of us, but we had a great time! The food and drink was great, and the restaurant was warm and inviting.
|Picture from Union's website|
|A couple of decorations...|
|Dark and Stormy|
|Ms. Pac-man shaped cornbread|
|The Pork Belly|
|The Sweet Corn Risotto|
For the main meal, Amanda got the black pearl salmon with brussels sprouts, toasted quinoa, and salsa verde.
Nick had the duck breast with pinot noir jus, cippolini onions, sugar pumpkin, and chestnut puree.
We saved a little room for dessert and shared the pumpkin cheese cake with spiced pecans and a fig compote. It had a nice flavor, however, in some bites it was a bit dry. A little more whipped cream fixed that though! Amanda and I both got an Irish coffee to finish up our dinner and needless to say that was a good touch.
Our reservations were not until 9 PM and we were at our table slowly moving through the courses until 11:45 PM. At no point did our server rush us at all. We really were able to chat and catch-up throughout the dinner, which was really the point! After dinner we went to the bar that still had bit of room and grabbed a glass of champagne so we could properly ring in the New Year. Union actually passed out some festive hats and horns, which did add a nice touch. The TV was on in the bar so we watch the ball drop, making it officially New Years in my book.
Overall it was a great New Years, though very different from past New Years we have had. Really, just a nice meal with close friends - what else does a New Years Eve need?!? Bring on 2011!