A few weeks ago - the newest fine dining establishment in downtown Cincinnati had a blogger tasting. I was invited and so excited!
Then I got the flu.
Yeah - so I couldn't go. :-( I was sooooo bummed.
But they were nice enough to invite me back! So Larry and I planned a date night and headed downtown.
The Hyatt Regency Cincinnati has completely remodeled and it is AMAZING! The entire hotel is beautiful and so modern! We were dining at their new restaurant - Red Roost Tavern - and if you ever ate at Champs - you will be SHOCKED! In a really really good way!
This wall is amazing - right?!
The menu is farm to table and they pride themselves on letting you know where everything comes from - good stuff.
These were delicious! The crab was light and sweet and the cakes themselves were full of crab and very little "filler"; the honey chile mayo was sweet with a little kick; and the surprise was the slaw - it was crunchy and sweet and spicy and a perfect combination. The crab cake is so warm, the sauce so creamy and then the slaw is this biting crunch! Loved it!
And I did a damn good job - cuz this was awesome! The cod - delicious: flaky, thick, rich, light, heavenly. The pappardelle was definitely al dente (I would have liked it cooked a TINY bit more) and definitely fresh pasta (yum). The mushrooms were great too - and soaked up that malt vinegar reduction like butta! The combo went together beautifully. The only thing I didn't love were the elephant garlic chips - they were chips made of garlic. They just weren't tasty - I did crumble a couple and sprinkle on the dish and liked that.
His salmon was delicious! It had that full flavor that good salmon should have - so good. The mashed potatoes were creamy and thick! The asparagus was fine - a little woody on the ends. Good choice!
Why Should You Go? Our dinners were both really great! This was a wonderful date night for us - it was soooo surprising! I had been to Champs, then I knew this was called "Tavern" - so my expectations were low and were BLOWN AWAY. The service was excellent, the staff was uber-friendly (they did know I was a blogger though) and the food was great!
We both agreed we would go back in a hot minute!
* Our meal was comped but I'm being totally honest in my delight over the food. I wouldn't steer you wrong for pricier food - I promise!