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This meal was a prize redemption from a previous visit during Foodspotting Week at Atwood Cafe. They were giving away prizes for ordering certain secret dishes on the menu. One of the dishes we ordered (Chicken Liver Mousse) was the top "secret dish"! Our prize: a future Dinner for Two! And that's what it said on the certificate; no price, just: Dinner for Two! Absolutely amazing! Executive Chef and Foodspotter Derek Simcik himself delivered the news and the certificate! I remember at the time being thrilled at seeing his name tag because we had been following each other on Foodspotting. Unfortunately, Chef Simcik could not be here on this visit. But it was awesome getting to meet General Manager & Foodspotter Damien Palladino as well as Sous Chef & Foodspotter Nick Bajal. They, along with our server Patrick and host Sean, treated us to an incomparable evening full of delicious food and gracious hospitality. Mrs. Donkeykong and I would like to thank them all for their generosity and a truly special experience! Oh, and don't forget to ask for the "Foodspotting Table" when you make you reservation. The table is brightly lit just for us FSers! We began our meal with this delicious Butter, mixed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Herbs, served with Focaccia Bread.
Sous Chef & fellow Foodspotter Nick Bajal surprised us with his special creation: Australian Lamb Loin with Caramelized Onion Puree, Compressed Granny Smith Apples & Powdered Pistachio. This was a tantalizing dish to begin our meal: an amazing balance of flavors. And the plating reminded me of the comet scene in Wall-E. If Wall-E was a succulent piece of Lamb. Mmmmmmmm..... Lamb Wall-E.......
Their Soup of the Day: Honeydew, Cucumber, Coconut Milk & Spices. Wow, this was fantastic! Mrs. Donkeykong said: It's like sending your mouth to a spa! Be sure to order Soup when you dine here because it is always something special.
The Chef's profile of an Artisanal Cheese: It was better than a Jackson Pollack painting because once you were done looking at it, you could eat it!! Surchoix Cheese with Blueberries, Blueberry Puree, Fried Plantain, Pistachio Powder and Honey. Suck it, MoMA!!