I made a reservation a few weeks in advance, and when we arrived, I was a bit anxious as we were taken immediately into the bar. My concerns disappeared, however, when we realized the lounge area had been converted to comfortably accommodate the Valentine’s Day crowd with a partition separating the tables from the bar area.
We ordered a half dozen char-grilled oysters and a small meat and cheese board for appetizers. The oysters were great as always, topped with a tangy red pepper and garlic combo. The standout of the board was the Midnight Moon cheese, rich and creamy. The bread it was served with a bit too soft for charcuterie, but everything was delicious as is.
Lindsay got the osso bucco, which she likened to the most decadent pot roast ever. I went with the carne special from the Valentine’s Day menu, filet medallions in a Dijon gravy with arugula and brie mashed potatoes. Everything went together so well. The gravy could have easily overpowered the dish, but it was so well balanced. The peppery arugula worked especially well, and I struggled to stop shoveling the creamy potatoes into my mouth to save room for dessert.
We had the creme brulee, macerated strawberries, and chocolate cake. That makes us sound like pigs, but that’s the way it’s served, two small ramekins of dessert with strawberries in between. The cake was overly sweet making it difficult to eat more than a tiny bite at the time. I wish we could have gotten two dishes of creme brulee instead as it was one of the best I’ve had. We concluded our second Valentine’s Day at Cristiano with coffee.
Hopefully, it won’t be long before we’re back to try the Winter menu specials.