I was invited to the Symphony Hotel again for dinner. I think this is one of the hidden gems in the city - it's just around the corner from Music Hall and is so cozy - it's ridiculous.
Symphony Hotel is a bed & breakfast as well as a restaurant. They have a 3 or 5-course menu four nights/week.
There's also a back room with a fireplace and leather chairs - my friend said she couldn't wait to come back this winter and just sit back there with coffee and a book.
We started with the sweet potato leek with chive creme fraiche soup. I'm a fan of soup with chunks rather than a puree so I didn't care for it. Danielle really enjoyed it though.
They also brought out a basket of fresh bread complete with a bowl of soft butter. I think you can see by the food and the decor - this isn't the latest, coolest hipster place on the block. It's a bit old school - but I have to say - it's comforting when you're there. The bread was warm, heart and super soft - Yum!
For the entree - I decided to be a little crazy and choose the vegetarian option. It was a roasted portabello mushroom topped with kale, chick peas, quinoa and goat cheese then drizzled with a porcini and balsamic reduction. I apologize for the fuzzy picture - the light was dimming outside and it was hard to tell whether my pics were turning out as I wanted them too.
I have mixed feelings about this dish. There was a LOT going on here - and to be honest - it looked a hot mess. The portion size was huge - I could only eat one of the mushrooms (yes - there's a mushroom at the bottom of all that). That said - this topping would be really good on piece of salmon or even chicken or sirloin. Danielle tried it and loved it! I did like the flavors - but after one heap of it - I didn't really want the other mushroom-full. It was a creative vegetarian dish though - I will say that for sure.
And while that all sounds well and good - I chose the Symphony specialty - Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding with fresh raspberries, whipped cream and mint. Yes sir. This was heavenly, decadent and just completely amazing. I melted with every bite - I think Danielle was talking but I really couldn't hear her - I was too engrossed with warm chocolate and soft bread, sweet whipped cream - oh man - I want some now!!!!!
Disclosure: The Symphony Hotel provided our meal that night in exchange for this post but all opinions are my own.