Winterlicious 2015 – Chop Steakhouse

The restaurant was full and bustling when we arrived this cold Saturday night.  We were promptly seated in a nice raised area of the restaurant.  What was on the menu?

Mixed Green Salad
garden vegetables, pumpkin and black sesame seeds with honey-lime vinaigrette
or
Caesar Salad
double smoked bacon, shaved Grana Padano
or
Crab & Shrimp Cakes
house-made crab and shrimp cakes with coconut, cilantro and a touch of chipotle, on basil aioli with fresh lemon
or
Red Pepper Bisque
creamy satin bisque of tomatoes and roasted red peppers

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Buttermilk Roast Chicken with Asparagus Basil Ragout
served with wild rice pilaf and fresh seasonal vegetables
or
9 oz Prime Rib
slowly roasted in rock salt and ground pepper, with hand shaved fresh horseradish and au jus, served with your choice of: infused mashed potatoes, wild rice pilaf, baked potato, Chop cut fries or fresh seasonal vegetables
or
Maple Bourbon Haddock
blackened haddock, seared in a maple bourbon butter, served with wild rice pilaf and fresh seasonal vegetables
or
Top Sirloin Certified Angus Beef
served with your choice of: infused mashed potatoes, wild rice pilaf, baked potato, Chop cut fries or fresh seasonal vegetables
or
Teriyaki Top Sirloin
served with your choice of: infused mashed potatoes, wild rice pilaf, baked potato, Chop cut fries or fresh seasonal vegetables
or
Chicken Fettuccine Rustica
tossed in a classic Italian olive oil sauce with dried chilies, sun dried tomatoes, fried capers and shaved parmesan

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 Raspberry Crème Brûlée

white chocolate and raspberries under caramelized sugar with shortbread cookies
or
Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Cake
with mascarpone mousse and fresh vanilla anglaise
or
9-Hour New York Cheesecake
slow baked and infused with ice wine and ginger, served with a minted raspberry compote

I opted for the crab cakes, the prime rib and the chocolate souffle with a glass of malbec on the side.

Sourdough bread and soft butter.

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Ben Marco Malbec from Argentina.  Smooth with a fragrant scent.

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Crispy crab cakes.  Not greasy.  The basil aioli was fresh and light.

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Tender prime rib.  Such a generous portion.  Cream mashed potatoes. I had been craving mashed potatoes all week, these did not disappoint.

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Dessert was not what I expected.  I was looking forward to a traditional shuffle in a ramekin.  I guess I should have read the menu better and taken note that it was a souffle cake.  Still delicious.  Rich chocolate and mousse-like in texture.

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IMG_0357Meat and mashed potatoes craving satisfied =)

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