Monday, April 1, 2013
As usual, we met S & R for dinner after our afternoon show/before their evening show. This time, we decided to try Nine On Nine.
Eyeball Park for a while after the show, but then I got a wee bit chilly so we decided to head over, settle in, and order a cocktail. We were seated right away and I quickly decided to try a Snap Old Fashion (bourbon, Snap, bitters, cherries, orange).
Snap. I had no idea it was a gingersnap inspired spirit. Mixed with the bourbon, bitters, and the fruit, it was a really, really good cocktail. Really good. I wanted a second one, but I also know that another one would've made me too smiley and sleepy, so I settled for regular iced tea after the cocktail.
On to the entrees. R ordered Scottish Salmon, buckwheat polenta, pickled Brussels sprout salad, shaved beets, dashi broth.
There wasn't much talking, just eating and fork/knife sounds. As R noted, no conversation means the food was very good.
Of course I had to have the Coffee & Donuts dessert.
S ordered a selection of artisinal/farmhouse cheeses. Photos were taken, but my gosh they turned out blurry. I am not sure what SP did! It was a bit darker on that side of the table (my side was on the window side) but you can't really make out anything. I think S used his phone as a light and SP took a photo with the cell phone screen light 'illuminating' the cheese.
Of the three restaurants we have tried with S&R after/before the shows, all four of us agree that Nine On Nine is our favorite.
I'm not sure if it's because we met 15 minutes earlier than normal, but we were finished and ready to head out by 7:15 pm, giving S&R plenty of time to get to the Benedum. At our past two restaurant meetings, S&R had to hustle to get to the 8 pm show in time even though we met up at 5:45 pm. In spite of finishing dinner at Nine On Nine with plenty of time to spare, we did not feel rushed at all. I thought that the pace of the meal was quite nice - not too fast, and obviously not too slow. Our server was attentive and friendly but not overly attentive and friendly. The others who assisted in serving and clearing were attentive and polite as well.
We sat close to the entrance, so perhaps I didn't get a true feeling for the atmosphere, but it seemed inviting, subdued, elegant, refined, but not pretentious or stuffy. There are a lot of windows which means lots of natural light, which I like.
We would go back to Nine On Nine.