I mention the weather, again, because we had a date day planned, and it couldn't be cancelled due to weather because we had tickets to the 2 pm 'Billy Elliot' show at the Benedum. We left earlier than we normally would leave in case of bad roads and/or traffic, especially since there also was a 2 pm Pens game. Of course since we left extra early there wasn't any traffic and we were 45 minutes early!!! Plus, the roads were perfectly fine. 'Billy Elliot' was very good - I think Sunday was the last day, but if you have a chance to see it somewhere else or if/when it comes to Pittsburgh again, it's worth seeing. After the show, we went to dinner at a restaurant we've been wanting to try: Spoon.
Of course the show ran until about 4:45 pm, then we had to wait for an elevator to get to our car on the 9th floor of the parking garage, then we had to sit in traffic to get out of the garage, then onto the road, and then we had to navigate the snowy/slushy roads over to Spoon. Seriously, City of Pittsburgh, how can you not plow/treat major roads like Penn and Liberty and Fifth? We went from clear roads near the Benedum to slushy and slippy messes on the roads in East Liberty.
We called Spoon right as we were leaving the parking garage to let them know we were running late and that if it was a problem, we could cancel and reschedule. They said it wasn't a problem. Happily, Spoon has valet parking located in front of Brgr, which was nice since we were running late and it was cold and snowy. Our table was ready for us. We were seated near the couches in the bar area next to a window at a table for two.
Spoon is very comfortable feeling inside. Relaxing. Deep brown and terra cotta colors. Low lighting. Dark wood. I settled in and perused the wine menu, deciding to try the featured white wine. I do not remember the specifics of the wine. Our receipt says 'GL Perrin.' I recall that it was a blend of white, including viognier, and that's what made me choose it since in the past year or so I've become a big fan of viognier.
I remember writing back in April/May 2010, after our honeymoon in Savannah/Charleston, that when we dined at The Charleston Grill on the last night of the trip, it was the first time I'd ever ordered a glass of wine and then been offered the chance to taste it first before having my glass filled. Dinner at Spoon is now the second time. Our server poured a taste for me before pouring a full glass. It was a delicious wine, one I would order again, if only I could recall the specifics!
SP chose Roasted Mushroom + Fennel Soup:
For my entree, I chose Fresh Made Pappardelle Pasta:
SP chose Tandoori Spiced King Salmon:
Rarely do I order a side in addition to an entree, especially if I order an appetizer. But one side caught my eye: Forest Mushroom + Brie Cheese Strudel:
Bailey’s coco bar, milk chocolate nougat frozen mousse, semi-sweet chocolate pudding. We couldn't pass up a chance to try this dessert, which was recently listed in Grub Street New York's Totally Sweet: 101 of America's Most Crazy-Awesome New Desserts. It was delicious.
We really enjoyed our dinner at Spoon. Despite arriving 20-25 minutes past our reservation time, we were not rushed. Our server (Alyssa M it says on our receipt) was friendly and answered questions we had (like my usual garlic query!). We loved the rich, dark, inviting atmosphere. The tables are nicely spaced so we weren't on top of anyone, getting jostled, or overhearing conversations. Or worse, realizing that people were listening to our conversations! Our meal was well paced. We will go back. It is more of a 'special occassion' restaurant since with wine, appetizers, entrees, coffee, dessert, a side, tax, and tip our bill was $100+. What can I say? We have food control issues! SP can't pass up tasty soup, I can't pass up dessert, and sometimes, after driving through the crappy winter streets, you just need a glass of wine! And then some coffee to warm up!