For dinner, we decided to dine at the Encore’s 5-star Italian restaurant: Sinatra. We had a 930pm show (Le Reve) and figured 7pm was perfect.
The whole experience was sublime. We sat outside on the small patio next to a fireplace and it was extremely romantic. The waitress was super friendly and gave some great recommendations on food. Along with a bottle of wine (it was a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and I cannot remember the name to save my life, haha!), we were given a basket of bread with a butter and olive oil/cannellini bean emulsion that was to die for!
We split the Caprese (mozzarella di bufala, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, basil) and Polpettine (housemade meatballs with polenta fries) appetizers. Both dishes were perfectly portioned and packed with flavor. They were delectable, especially the bufala mozzarella and polenta. The mozzarella was so fresh and just melted in your mouth. The polenta was perfectly seasoned and crisp on the outside yet smooth on the inside. It was perfect. We then split an appetizer portion of their seasonal special: the truffle pasta.
We then had, once again split, the Merluzzo entrée (pan roasted black cod, beluga lentils, olive oil potato puree and bacon emulsion). The cod is perhaps one of the lightest, flakiest, tastiest yet filling fish dishes I’ve ever had. The beluga lentils were delicious. The ‘olive oil potato puree’ had zero flavor, however when combined with the fish and lentils complimented the dish as a whole perfectly.
For dessert we had the chocolate Sinatra hat with a Jack Daniels pana cotta. The chocolate hat with a chocolate mousse atop a thin chocolate cake slice on a thin, solid oval shaped chocolate disk. The ‘hat’ sat atop a few orange slices and infused the chocolate dish very delicately but noticeably. The pana cotta had no taste of whiskey, but it was extremely delicious. I then enjoyed an affogato (espresso with hazelnut gelato) and it was, again, delicious.
I’ve overused the word delicious but there really is no better word to sum up this whole experience. Impeccable service, delectable food, stunning presentation. It was all around one of the best dining experiences and I will certainly be back!
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