|Cookshop's Maine red shirmp beignets; to go|
Tuesday night, after my final wine class, I decided to bring home some dinner to share with David. Knowing that Cookshop is one of my new favorite restaurants, my boss had given me a gift certificate for the place as a thank you for a small favor I'd recently done for him.
|my beautifully set table, in three minutes flat!|
David and I began our "tapas" dinner with Cookshop's market salad of radicchio, escarole, red wine vinaigrette and toasted bread crumbs. The completely simple salad had the most beautiful escarole I'd even seen!
|Cookshop's starters were our mains|
For our main course of 'small plates,' we enjoyed: Maine red shrimp beignets; pulled pork croquette with beluga lentils; and spaghetti squash with hazelnut cream, dried cherries and fried kale.
|pulled pork croquette topped with kumquat and Meyer lemon relish |
over beluga lentils
I found the spaghetti squash tasty, slightly sweet and very rich while David loved the beluga lentils in the pulled pork croquette dish.
|a shrimp beignet dressed in gribiche dressing|
But what I was absolutely mad about was the shrimp beignets! Not only did they look like they were going to be absolutely delicious, but with my first bite I was in near disbelief over the amazement of their taste! (translation: they were so good!)
I count at least two shrimps
First off: the shrimp beignets were so much more flavorful than I expected them to be. (I almost thought they'd simply be a less-sweet version of the brunch beignets, with shrimp mixed in) The "red" shrimp beignets nearly tasted red--David had said that he seemed to notice a very interesting combination of both Cajan and Indian spices. And the beignets--which are four to an order--were nearly as filling as the spaghetti squash, yet nicely balanced with a gribiche dressing made using hard boiled eggs (mainly the whites, it seemed) and mustard. I'd, now, been a long-time fan of Chef Marc Meyer's brunch beignets--but I didn't know that Cookshop served beignets that were equally as good at dinner too!
Cookshop's menus tend to change a bit, from day to day, but they seem to be serving the tasty shrimp beignets this week!