|Libby, Moi, Lauren|
I arrived on Friday at lunchtime and our first stop was “
’s”. Don’t mock Houston ’s. I know it’s a chain, but there is something about going to the flagship restaurant, which I have been to many times. I left my camera in my case so didn’t take any photos, but you can trust me that Houston’s did not let me down, especially with their signature Spinach and Artichoke dip, which is always fantastic! Followed by the Grilled Chicken Salad with Lime Vinaigrette, it was the perfect lunch for the first day of my Houston long weekend vacation. Kansas City
The evening was a lot of fun with a great dinner, fun wine and a few rounds of “Taboo”, which just made for some hysterical moments.
We started the evening with some fun cocktails. They infuse all their own liquors on-site and have some very inventive libations on offer. The bartender looked like he had just walked off the movie set with James Dean! He absolutely belonged behind the original malt shop/pharmacy counter. After perusing the amazing creations on the cocktail list, I decided to go for the “Chocolate Malt.” Definitely not a drink for children I might add! The Chocolate Malt contains House-infused malted-barley and coffee vodka, house made chocolate syrup, sherry, fresh local cream; shaken and served up. It took me about five seconds to drink it! It was so amazing!
I had already been warned that we were in it for the whole evening. This is a full dining experience and not for the faint-hearted or for those that want a quick bite. They make every single dish to order and they don’t even start your next dish until you have finished your first. We sat down at 8.30pm and were not done until around 12.15am! This, my friends is cross-country leisurely run and not a sprint and absolutely worth every minute! This is a true celebration of food!
We all started the evening with a starter/salad each and with the expectations that every dish would be passed around to share. On our list was the Mushroom Gnocchi, Goose Carpaccio, Berkshire Pork Tail Fritter, Farmer’s Platter and Goat Cheese Salad. All were presented as works of art and I have to say, tasted just as good. If I had to choose, I would say the Mushroom Gnocchi was my favorite. The mushroom sauce was absolutely delicious and the gnocchi just melted in your mouth. My second in line was the Goat Cheese Salad. The cheese, jam and bacon just exploded in your mouth as an incredible flavor sensation. I have never had Goose Carpaccio before and I have say it was very interesting. Very gamey, with a strong flavor, but still quite light.
Goat Cheese Salad wild blackberry jam stuffed, house cured Berkshire bacon wrapped, local goat cheese , crostini, shallot white wine vinaigrette, mixed greens, apple
|Pork Loin, bone removed, and stuffed with Polenta and Gruyere over warm bitter greens|
Majinola American Kobe Amaretto-Plum Braised Brisket savory oyster mushroom brioche bread pudding, fennel onion carrot slaw
Coffee Bomb meringue sphere, almond custard, mocha custard, espresso brownie, Kahlua/cherry, Amaretto/raspberry, orange clove ice-cream
|Chocolate Mint Decadence chocolate ganache, milk chocolate, |
champagne mousse, chocolate/rose hip ice cream, mint milk, malted
The Chef, Jonathan, came over to chat to us for a while, regaling us with stories of his time in
and talking about his upcoming nomination for the “James Beard Award.” We wish him luck! France
The whole evening could not have ended more perfectly. Over-full, satiated and hold your tummy happy. What a fabulous evening of indulgence.
|Me and Jonathan in the kitchen|
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Westport Cafe & Bar
419 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO
419 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO
Upon walking into the Westport Café we were greeted by almost everyone that worked there. Everyone just seemed happy. It might have been the gorgeous, sunny day we were having, but it still made me smile. This is what brunch should be about… happy people, smiling faces and a leisurely meal with friends.
The restaurant itself is very bright with large windows at either end of the restaurant. It has fully exposed brick and white-washed walls. We were seated at the back of the restaurant against a floor to ceiling window that overlooked a courtyard.
Our waiter came over and offered us all coffee, which we happily accepted and then proceeded to drink copious amounts… truly, fabulous coffee. I loved the big white round cups they served them in as well. They were like small soup bowls. You almost needed two hands to pick one up.
The menu offers very French bistro cuisine and is a little reminiscent of Gaslight in
. Many things I would choose. However, for me and brunch, it is usually a no-brainer as I always go with the Eggs Benedikt. This time I did change it up just a little and ordered Eggs Norweigan, which is basically Eggs Benedikt with Smoked Salmon J . I also ordered a Mimosa, which came free with the brunch – I mean, it would be offensive to them to say no! The eggs were done to perfection – not to runny or to firm, and the hollandaise was creamy with the right amount of tang. Restaurants can definitely get hollandaise very wrong. This was super. Boston
wcb english muffins, 2 poached eggs, smoked salmon, hollandaise
|brioche french toast honey lavender cream, bacon or sausage|
|Mussels with Blue Cheese and Bacon|
My friends all ordered the French Toast, Croque Monsier, Mussels in Blue Cheese and Bacon. Everyone seemed very happy with their orders and all plates were completely cleaned. I did try the mussels and they were amazing. I must try to recreate this dish also. It cant be that hard?What a happy, long, leirsurely brunch and a fun place! This is what it is all about.