It was our 6th anniversary celebration and we wanted something special with food to remember. We got it at Charcut! :)
Reserving at Charcut is incredibly easy with opentable. I made the first reservation with the click of a button, but we couldn't get there that early so I had to change it the day before the reservation with no issues. I just found my confirmation email and changed the time to another available. So easy!!
When we arrived we were seated right away at one of the few booths (I had requested a booth and they delivered). I could see the fresh herbs growing in the kitchen and the cured meat hanging in the curer from where I was sitting. They do so many things themselves there and you can taste the freshness. As soon as we were seated, they started us off with a complimentary amuse bouche of pork rillette on a brioche crustini. Then they gave us a complimentary champagne. I should have put on the reservation that I was pregnant... Unfortunately I had to decline the champagne, but they were so great and made me a special virgin drink! :)
They change the menu daily, so we examined the menu for a little while and then decided on the pretzel with cheese dip for the hubby and the summer melon and cucumber salad for me to start. I had always wanted to try a melon and cucumber salad after seeing it on Food Network so many times. It was as good as I was expecting! Yummy yummy! The balsamic reduction along with the seasoning on the fruit and veggies was just divine! My husband ordered the quarter chicken and the smashed potatoes loaded with sour cream and pancetta. He was in love! I ordered the whole fish and the spicy zucchini with pumpkin seeds. Neither of us finished it. I guess the starters really filled us up. We should have shared! I am a veggie person and my husband is not, so we don't tend to order the same things. I would suggest ordering things to share here if you can. The sides are separate from the entree and big enough to share between 2-4 people. I had one piece of zucchini and took the rest home. The fish was so fabulous! The broth was like a flavour explosion in my mouth! The acid from the roasted potatoes along with the fat from the fish (really can't remember what the fish was, it was a very small white fish with the texture in between bass and halibut) and the sweetness of whatever else they put in there made me have a foodgasm! Oh my goodness was this ever good! The fennel and apple salad on my husband's plate was really quite excellent as well! :p
The service was fabulous! We had the manager come around quite a few times to check on us in a really chilled laid back way. I don't like it when they come and really expect to hear your life story. He was so chill and let us be while helping his servers with the task of bringing my husband another wine. At least the hubby could drink! haha... All of the other servers and food runners were exceptional as well.
We loved the atmosphere. Some said it wasn't romantic in reviews... Well, I guess they weren't playing jazz or classical music, so perhaps not by some standards it wasn't? We thought it was just fine. The lighting was great and we loved the decor.
My favourite meal used to be at the River Cafe, but now I would say it has to be Charcut. :)
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