Just returned home from a wonderful dinner at Legume. The entire staff was great: polite, refined yet warm and friendly. Our server, Justin, was pleasant, helpful with suggestions and explanations of the offerings of the day, and attentive to our needs. Who could ask for more?? We are not people who know cocktails, but their menu of choices included explanations that helped us pick two yummy options. The food. Oh the food was delicious. We started with the crostini with goat cheese and pepper jelly (because we had seen positive comments about it here), and it did not disappoint. Small, but delicious, and just enough to enjoy crunching with our cocktails. The grilled escarole salad was a plate full of goodness. I couldn't remember what all the ingredients were, but I trusted in the chef and dug in. Every morsel was wonderful. Hubby and I chose two different entrees, with full intentions of switching mid-meal. Having a hard time deciding between Wild Striped Bass and Yukon River Sockeye Salmon, I discussed the options with Justin. He was able to elaborate on the preparation, sides and sauces, and helped me choose the salmon. Oh boy ... that sauce was incredible!! My husband suggested he could eat his shoe if that sauce was on it. Hubby went with Beef Rib Loin with Barley and Red Wine Sauce. Also ... extremely delicious, though we both preferred the salmon. We accepted the chef's suggestion of medium rare for both entrees (I'm usually more of a "medium" girl myself), and the chef was right. Pure perfection. For dessert, we chose the Banana Chocolate Chunk Cake (also because of reviews I had seen online), and the Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Espresso Soaked Turkish Figs and Espresso Meringue (at the suggestion of an assistant server at the restaurant). I'm not sure I really tasted the espresso so much, but the Panna Cotta was really something special. The buttermilk taste added that little sourness the was the perfect offset from the sweet figs. The meringue melted immediately on the tongue. The banana cake was topped with salted caramel ice cream which was a yummy, though very sweet combo. Perfect for a sweet tooth, but a little too much for me.
This was a very special meal. I will reiterate a comment I saw by another online reviewer: Don't worry about some of the ingredients in the salads or sides that may be unfamiliar to you. Trust in the chef. There are talented people in this kitchen, and they put a spectacular meal on your table. Sit back and enjoy, and try not to lick the plate.