My friend and I went to the Marc for Valentine's Day. I will admit, I am not a foodie and have pretty pedestrian tastes, but occasionally I like to go to a nice restaurant and have something different.
We entered the Marc from the street, which made it a little confusing on where to go for being seated. The hostess stand is by the entrace to the hotel. We were seated and our waiter was Mark. He was an absolute gem throughout the night, very knowledgeable about the food and gave the best service I have ever had.
A basket of different types of breads was brought out, along with a dipping oil and vinegar and som plum butter. The plum butter was great and I loved the thin cracker type bread.
Mark brought us an amuse bouche. Can't remember quite what was in it other than goat cheese, but neither one of us liked it. We ordered the pork belly flat bread appetizer. The flat bread was fabulous, with the duck egg, pork belly and arugula.
Both of us ordered the Walla Walla winter onion soup. It was fantastic, my friend saying it was the best onion soup she has ever had. I didn't finish mine, because I did not want to be too full for my dinner.
For dinner I ordered the Scottish salmon and my friend ordered the filet of beef. I tried the beef and while I don't like sweet sauces on beef or fish, the beef was so tender it melted in my mouth. I also tried the blue mountain mushroom ragout that came with the beef, and it was really good!
My salmon had a sweet glaze to it, which I don't prefer but it was good, and the salmon was cooked to perfection! The butter bean ragout was delicious, although I was pretty full when I tried it. I was going to avoid eating the kale, since in my experience it is always kind of bitter and nasty tasting. I decided to try it when my friend said she loved hers, and I am so glad I did! The kale was surprisingly good!
I definitely plan on coming back, especially when they change to the summer menu. I can't wait to see what the chef can do with all the wonderful fruits we have in our region!
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