Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Nine on Nine for Six

Last Saturday we went to see The Sound of Music at the Benedum. It was wonderful! We went with two other couples and after seeing the afternoon show, the six of us enjoyed dinner at Nine on Nine. With the exception of our friends in town from NJ, we all had dined there several times before (SP & I just dined there last September). Happily, A&E enjoyed their first visit as much as we all have enjoyed our previous visits.
I ordered a glass of chenin blanc. SP opted for Ruby Manhattan (Wild Turkey Rye 101, ruby port, orange bitters). He loves Manhattans. He also enjoyed fresh brewed iced tea.
Nine on Nine's menu changes so every time we're there we have something different. This time SP started with Chesapeake Blue Crab Cream (chipotle corn bread, basil air, truffle oil). It was like a soup. He said it was delicious. I didn't try any because we both smelled garlic.
I started with Roasted Tri-Cauliflower (grilled Asian pear, kalette, local goat cheese, green cerignola, chips). The cauliflower was still crunchy but not raw. The Asian pear was softened but still firm and there was a cinnamony drizzle that was excellent. Goat cheese always makes me happy. This is definitely a dish worth ordering again and again - one of those dishes I wish could stay year round. Kalette was new to me. It's a fusion of Brussels and kale. Quite tasty.
Not surprisingly SP chose fish for his entree, Bacon Wrapped Striped Bass (roasted beet risotto, saffron pancetta cream, Brussels sprouts). It was served with a pretty (and edible) purple flower.
Here's the fish without the purple flower. He really enjoyed the bass. The beet risotto was less beet-flavored than we expected, which to me is good since I'm not a huge fan of beets. Two other people got the bass and they, too, enjoyed it and said it was cooked nicely.
I debated between scallops and Cornish hen. The Diver Scallops (Benton bacon, tuber puree, pickled beet, fried gougere, pea tendrils, saffron) won. E ordered scallops, too. We both thought they were perfectly cooked. The tuber puree was yummy and the gougere was a nice fried treat.

The 6th person chose the Cornish Game Hen (aged balsamic marble potatoes, pancetta crisp, forest mushrooms, basil oil), I was glad I hadn't ordered it because sometimes I'm like a child who cannot cut meat easily, nicely, without making a mess. I don't mind massacring a Cornish hen in the privacy of my own home but I didn't want to look barbaric and uncouth around SP's friends. D didn't say much that I heard about his meal but it looked like he cleaned his plate so it must've been a tasty hen.
After J ordered a fancy schmancy coffee (some macchiato type thing) the rest of us followed suit and ordered coffees/tea. SP & I both chose decaf cappuccino. It was just the right size for me. I like ending a meal like this with hot tea or coffee, but not a huge mug or pot of it.
Each couple shared dessert. We chose the Paris-Pittsburgh (hazelnut mousse, hazelnut meringue puff, toasted almonds) dessert. Nine on Nine gets their desserts from Gaby et Jules. It was good, just the right size for us to share. We each had a few bites of a sweet treat and didn't end up feeling over-stuffed and uncomfortable. One other couple also shared the Paris-Pittsburgh dessert and the other couple shared Caribbean (mango, pineapple, passion fruit, coconut).

Our server was fantastic. There were six of us and sometimes we changed our minds/pondered aloud and she was great about it and accommodating. We knew Nine on Nine offered a 15% discount to Broadway season ticket holders and apparently it also is for single show ticket holders since after she took the three checks and saw our show ticket with our credit card, she returned and asked if the other 2 couples had show tickets as well. That was nice and much appreciated.

Definitely a nice place for a lovely dinner before or after a show (or just because you want to dine there).

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