Food is such a wonderful part of life. Every now and then you get to have an opportunity where a meal is truly fantastic from start to finish. The service is spot-on and the food is flawless. That was my experience last night at the Regency Room here at Hotel Roanoke.
First and Second Course
The appetizer I chose off of their wonderful menu was the Truffle Risotto Fritters. The menu describes this dish and having a country ham and mozzarella center served in a tomato coulis. I have to admit, it was the first thing I noticed on the menu. As an admitted foodie, the words "truffle" and "risotto" translate in my brain to "must try". I wasn't disappointed. It was amazing.
I also tried a sampler portion of the Peanut Soup as my second course. The menu describes this as a "Hotel Roanoke heirloom recipe". Given that the Hotel Roanoke was built in 1882, that translated to me into "recipe that has been perfected over many years" so I needed to try it. Again, it was really, really good.
One other thing that bears mentioning is that the asiago cheese bread they serve at the restaurant could be a meal by itself. I love cheese bread and this was some of the best I've had. They even had butter with the hotel on it. Bonus points.
For my entree, I ordered the Grilled Filet Mignon. The menu's description on this one states: "gorgonzola-tomato butter, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, and sautéed asparagus". I ordered my steak rare and the temperature on the steak was perfect. Bonus points to the chef for mixing white and green asparagus. I initially thought there might be too much of the butter on the steak, but then I realized it tasted great on the vegetables and on the aforementioned cheese bread so I can't take off points for that.
I don't always order dessert at restaurants. Usually I'm too full and I do try to at least be somewhat healthy on the road (to varying degrees of success). The mission on this dinner outing was to spend $50 so I could get 1,000 bonus HHonors points. Turns out I could've done it without dessert but that's a different story. I ordered the Hot and Cold Chocolate Semifreddo because after reading "semi-frozen chocolate mousse, dark chocolate brownie, mocha chocolate soup" I don't know how anyone avoids ordering this. I told the waiter it should be illegal, to which he promptly replied it was...in three states. I almost believe him. I also ordered a cappuccino. I was informed by the waiter that it was the first cappuccino he's ever made. He has a bright future ahead of him...it was perfect.
This was a great meal and with the coupon I had for a free appetizer it was fairly reasonably priced. I would highly recommend it if you are ever in the Roanoke area. This is especially true if you stay at the Hotel Roanoke and are a HHonors menu since they will give you the coupon and the bonus points voucher. I believe that deal is valid through August 31, 2013. Enjoy!