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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Every once in a while I visit a restaurant that really gets me excited to start eating at restaurants more often - this was my experience with Legume. While I was at Legume I tried every cheese on the menu, the charcuterie, the pate, the marinated olives and the tallow fries. My only regret is that I did not order a full meal. (Also I probably shouldn't have eaten all of the marinated olives by myself, the citrus flavor became overwhelming.)
Everything I tried was simply fantastic. In particular I loved the whipped duck liver pate and the fried aged provolone with chimichurri sauce. If you've never had chimichurri sauce it is a South American treat made with parsley, garlic, olive oil and other seasonings. Although it is typically reserved for meat, it paired quite well with the fried provolone.
In addition to amazing food, Legume had a very pleasant happy hour. I enjoyed my five dollar red wine, even if it did come out of a box. Many people still seem to hold to the notion that all good wine must be sold in a bottle. Quite frankly, I've found this to be false. Several wineries are taking to shipping their wine in boxes as it reduces costs, environmental impact and shipping weight. I wonder if I can find bordeaux in a box yet?