Fort Wayne, IN 46825
The entrance is perfectly picturesque. It's adorable with tasteful decorations straight out of an HGTV special. Flanking the main entrance are 2 large urns hosting wreath toppers complimented by diverse vegetation.
We began our girls' night out with 2 appetizers - Brushcetta and Smoked Gouda Crab Dip. The bruschetta is definitely an Elles FAVE! The complexity of this appetizer blends nicely to give the consumer a palate pleasing experience. It features goat cheese, olive tapenade, roma tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzerella atop the perfect bread! No doubt, we LOVE everything about this starter!
Our second appetizer was "new to us" - Smoked Gouda Crab Dip. This large starter arrived inside a bread bowl topped with a cute (and delicious) hat! The dip was served with pita bread chips. The other Elles (not so much me) loved this dish, but caution consumers if they think they are about to eat a Spinach type dip, you're not! They warn that you have to like seafood (and that "fishy" flavor) in order to enjoy this. The creaminess of the melted cheese and thickness of the bread bowl, made this an extremely filling appetizer.
Martini Mondays = PARTY! Allen L started off with the Vanilla Bean Martini (click HERE to read the previous review of this drink) with huge expectations for creamy vanilla goodness. On this visit, Todd the bartender, prepared a more milky less creamy version of the drink. The result was something in the neighborhood of watered down skim milk in flavor, texture, and alcohol content. The disappointment was that it was so radically different than it had been on numerous other visits.
Round 2 featured a round of Banyan Trees - delicious! The toasted coconut rim starts the taste buds on a tropical journey that you never want to end. YES - this is definitely the drink to try.
SOUPS, SALADS, AND BREAD:
Allen L was given a sample of the Seafood Gumbo that she shared with us. First, how fantastic BS allows you to sample something before committing to a full portion of something that you may/may not enjoy. The other Elles (me, not so much) really enjoyed the spicy sample. I, like the Gouda dip, found it to be overly fishy tasting. Sorry for the lack of photo.
Adams L selected a Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad which was presented with a starburst of super fresh strawberries and dotted with candied pecans. Adams L said this salad made her happy as the mix of flavors played in her mouth like children at recess. She highly recommends it!
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My entree was paired with a side salad. The freshness was evident by the crispness of the mixed greens. The gourment additions on this anything but basic "side salad" included shaved parm, mandarin oranges, sliced red onions, fancy cut cumbers, and homemade croutons. I opted for blue cheese dressing on the side - perfect!
The bread is unique and interesting at BS - the2 types of gourmet goodness is served warm with 2 types of butter to compliment each loaf. In the breadbasket was the always awesome pretzel bread - YUM and another loaf that was new to me and not something that I enjoyed with dinner- might be great for a meal ender. The coconut pineapple bread paired with cinnamon sweet butter was way too sweet to be enjoyed with my martini and salad.
Our server, in partnership with the kitchen, paced our meal perfectly so that we could maximize our enjoyment of each course.
Adams L selected her entree from the appetizer menu and opted for the Sashimi Tuna. It initially arrived medium rare despite her request that it be prepared medium well. Our server noticed this and returned it to the kitchen promptly- such excellent service. Once returned prepared to her likeness, the tuna was melt-in-your-mouth tender. The cucumber slaw was not only beautiful on the plate, but created a contrasting palate punch with it's super spicy hot.
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On the way out the door there is a bowl holding dark chocolate covered butter mints which were a light delight to the end of your meal. Grab one (or 2) before leaving.