It's rare that I visit an expensive restaurant twice in less than two months, I'm not one of those people that has money to burn. Trying something new was well worth it.
We stopped by the Players Chophouse on a rainy Monday night. Don't make the mistake of thinking they are only about the heavy, long dinners. You'd be wrong.
I had the Slider Trio (short rib bun, prime rib bun, chophouse mini burger) off the Lounge menu, my date had the Prime Beef Dip. PHENOMENAL. The prime rib was so flavourful, so melt-in-your-mouth, so... Oh man. I wanted to steal it off his plate. My slider trio had a bit of the same prime rib, luckily. But the short rib burger was even MORE delicious. The chophouse mini burger was divine, but I kept coming back to the short rib.
My tomato and bocconcini salad with red onion ceviche was superb.
Even though we came for just a light meal, we just HAD to have the molten lava cake. It was delicious, brilliantly plated, and the vanilla ice cream was the best I've ever had.
I tried two wines: Bodegas Ateca 'Garnacha de Fuego' from spain with my meal – it was fine-bodied, with silky texture, lovely strong blackberry notes and a defined finish. I also had the Le Dauphin de Giraud Sauternes ice wine with dessert – it was sweet and tart, honey on the tongue. I also highly recommend the Buller Tawny port. Heaven.
I upped the Ambiance rating from my last review (http://tokitikkidesign.com/blog/?p=415) because they are featuring a permanent installation of a local photographer: Adrian Taverner put together a really astounding set. They're stunning, but they don't distract you from your conversation. There are several pictures I'd like to have prints of. I've got his card, he's definitely one to check out.
I hope you go and have the best meal you've had in recent memory. I've had two.