Nellcote – Small Plates on Randolph Street

My first visit to Nellcôte involved drinks only, rather late at night, and while a great representation of their hip bar scene, it certainly was not a fair assessment of the restaurant. So while it took nearly a year, I decided it was time for a return trip to sample the food! I have to say, I’m glad I finally got around to it!    The restaurant itself is a neat space, with ornate decor.  They have a nice bar, and a good-sized bar area with high top tables.  It’s a nice spot for a date, or dinner with a small group of people.

The menu is designed around small plates;  with a good selection of unique dishes.  3 to 4 plates plus desert is plenty for two people unless you are really hungry!  The food presentation is beautiful!  While it was tempting to order one of everything, we refrained and stuck with just a few.  First was the Fennel Sausage Pizza – It had a nice crisp crust and the sausage was very flavorful.

Next was the Potato Gnocchi with lamb.   I’m not always a huge fan of lamb, but this was a great combination!  The dish is pretty rich, however the portion size is prefect.

They have a good selection of wines by the glass; our server was quite knowledgable about the wine list and was happy to let us taste some of the by the glass selections.

Dessert was a difficult choice; in the end we opted for the Chocolate Parfait, which turned out to be very different from what I was expecting.  It was a bit more like a chocolate mousse, with different types of chocolate.  It was decadent, but not too rich and very delicious.  I wanted to switch from my white wine to something that would be a better compliment to the dessert, so asked the server for a recommendation.  She suggested a sparking red wine that paired exceptionally well with the chocolate.

I woud definitely make another trip back to try some of the other menu options and further explore the wine list.

http://www.nellcoterestaurant.com

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