Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Silver Spoon Cafe--Knoxville

Silver Spoon Cafe moved!! 

...and the new location has not interfered with their food or service.

My last visit must have been three years ago.  I knew the transition to the Lovell Road location would be bumpy since the building appears to have been cursed.  Some restaurants can't survive with the ghosts of past owners.  

My server, Michael approached quickly and delivered drinks.  I browsed the menu to discover it looked like another menu in the area.    I need something new since my usual ordering can get in a rut.  I told Michael to surprise me....and he did.  

A Nice Loaf of Bread with Herb Butter
I enjoyed the bread but the herb butter
was just a little too salty for me.  

The Strawberry Pecan Salad

The Lunch Salad included Fresh Strawberries 
and candied pecans.  The Bleu Cheese added a nice touch.  
I found the Balsamic Dressing a little on the tart side....
could have used a bit more sweetener.  

My surprise entrée was Parmesan Crusted Tilapia..and it 
was perfectly prepared.  I enjoyed the fish but I would go back 
any day to enjoy the bed of rice it was served on.  An outstanding
Tomato Cream sauce was the perfect compliment to the plate.


I will be returning to the Silver Spoon.....and soon. 

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Monday, March 4, 2013

The Brasserie--Grand Cayman Island

Our wonderful cruise on the Carnival Legend ended with our last port of George Town, Grand Cayman Island.  Since we didn't have any excursions planned, I wanted to find the best restaurant to enjoy lunch.   

I had made reservations over six months ago and have been waiting for quite a while to enjoy the number one restaurant on the Island.  The wait was worth every minute.  

A Beautiful & Serene Interior

Upon being seated, our greeter immediately had our table ready and took our drink order.   He surprised me with a rum flavored island favorite.  We also enjoyed South Sound Coconut Water Mojito--fresh coconut water, garden mint, Bacardi coconut, dark rum, soda, soda, lime, Sorrel Martini--house-made garden sorrel mix, Ron Abuelo rum, St. Germain, lemon, and Greenhouse Daiquiri--garden kaffir lime, lemongrass syrup, flor de cana rum.  

Ryan, our waiter, immediately arrived and brought a wonderful plate of freshly made bread and butter.  The darker bread with coated with coarse grains which added great crunch.   We made him refill that basket a few times, since it was so good.  

The Wine Cellar appeared to be more than well stocked.
The Wine Spectator Awards lined the walls.  


We began with our appetizer choices including 
Cheviche, Paté, Chicken Pepper Pot Soup, Bruschetta 
and the daily special of Cream of Mushroom Soup.  

Cream of Mushroom Soup

The Paté


 After the enjoyable appetizers we received our entrées.  The daily seafood special was 
Wahoo on a bed of coconut rice.  My surprise choice from Ryan was the Red Snapper.  
A very flavorful and moist choice.  

The Red Snapper
The Quiche and Salad

The Wahoo with Coconut Rice

My companions also enjoyed The Quiche of the Day and the Wahoo special.   
Once again, everything was well prepared and served promptly.
The dining room filled quickly and the Brasserie staff handled their 
audience with a mastery of a conductor.  

We concluded the wonderful lunch with ice creams and
a Warm Toffee Pudding.   My favorite was the 
Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream.   It was velvet on your tongue.

Ryan suggested that we enjoy the herb garden the Chef uses in their meals.   A wonderful walk showed all the care and time these people take to serve their guests.   I can't wait to return to George Town and indulge in their wonderfully prepared menu offerings.   

The Herb and Greens Beds off the restaurant veranda
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