Restaurant Roulette with Suzanne! April Issue!

    Restaurant Roulette with Suzanne! April Issue!

    Apr 14, 2021

    There are 3 rules to the game:

    1) Every month one person picks the places to dine.

    2) No one in the group could have eaten there before.

    3) Everyone splits the bill.

     

    Follow me on this journey of tasting new things and learning more about the city I love! Feel free to use this game with your own family or friends and share below the amazing places you find throughout your travels!

    -April-

    This month was an interesting visit to a North Side and a Downtown restaurant, from American fare to Japanese cuisine. We started at Siempre Algo, a nice, trendy small restaurant with an open bar and dining area with a view of the chefs preparing the dishes in the kitchen. Our server was very friendly and attentive, but the service was slow.

    We were served a sampling of 'bubbly' that was crisp and refreshing, and as an appetizer we tried their sourdough Bavarian pretzels with a whole grain mustard. ($7)

    We both ordered entrees. One was a beef short rib with a pomegranate molasses glaze, plated with a potato cauliflower puree and baby bok choy. ($21) The second was a braised crispy pork belly with an apple cider reduction, rutabaga puree and haricot verts. ($16) The short ribs were amazing and tender and the pork belly was crisp but juicy on the inside.

    The portions were way too small for a dinner-size unfortunately, especially for the prices charged.

    Source: Gi-jin

    On to Gi-jin, a DeShantz Japanese restaurant new to the theater district. We loved the decor, and the painted dragon mural on the wall is great.

    We had two desserts, a pavlova with a cherry raspberry compote--outstanding--and a silk chocolate tort with soy caramel and almond cookie crunch, an odd flavor. ($8 each)

    In observance of COVID-19 dining, along the area of Sixth Street are clear igloo shaped individual dining huts for parties of 4-6, each decorated in a different style. I enjoy seeing how creative restaurants have become to accommodate dining. The restaurants are packed!! Nice to see the industry recovering and the patrons enjoying the evening out. 

    Until next time, stay safe and happy eating!