After reading multiple, rave reviews and looking over the menu, we had to schedule an overnight in Bismarck on our way to Glacier. We were not disappointed.
Started the evening with a bottle of Domaine Chandon, appropriately priced at $28. Our wait person promptly returned with the sparkling and we had a toast.
For a starter I choice the Soup of the Day, a cup of gazpacho. Spicy and tasty. Nancy had the Roasted beet and goat cheese salad. Beets are roasted and then diced. Foundation of beets, layer of goat cheese, topped by more beets and molded into a stack.
Nancy chose the medallions of North Dakota bison served with a light bordelaise sauce and roasted barley pilaf. Tasted both the medallions (medium rare) and pilaf - very, very good.
My entree was the sautéed sea scallops with fenugreek, cream curry sauce & jasmine rice. Five medium sized scallops were arranged on a bed of fenugreek leaves and bathed in the cream curry sauce. Jasmine rice tastefully mounded in the middle of the bowl. The curry sauce was flavorful and the spices complemented the rice and scallops without overpowering.
For dessert we chose the Chocolate & Pecan Terrine with Vanilla Sauce, and the special - Peach & Cherry Crisp. The Terrine is Very rich and chocolatey; almost overpowering. Would like either more vanilla sauce or vanilla ice cream. One slice would be plenty.
Cherry and peach are not fruits I would have chosen to mix. But,it works and works magically. Really, really good; vanilla ice cream on top, yum.
Only one observation to add: by the time we had our sparkling wine poured the starters arrived. Time to enjoy the wine and some pre dinner conversation was lacking. Same timing between starter and entree. Would have liked additional time to savor the superb dishes.
Pirogue was Excellent. Would be successful in Chicago or New York.
My compliments to the chef, the kitchen staff he has assembled, wait staff and hostess.
Everybody worked together to provide us with a perfect evening.
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