Do you guys ever see something that you really want on a restaurant menu… and then order something else?
I do that sometimes for various reasons. Maybe it’s because I get influenced by what my dining companion ordered. Or because I want to get something healthier. Or because I want to order something more seasonally appropriate. Or because the other person wants to split some appetizers instead. Or because the dish has one ingredient in it that I don’t like, and I don’t want to annoy the kitchen by asking them to modify it. Or any other number of reasons.
This happened to me last summer at O’Finn’s Irish Temper when I went there with Sam for lunch. When we sat down and started perusing the menu, immediately the “Root mash shepherd’s pie” jumped out at me. But was 30°C and the middle of summer – the last thing I wanted was a meal that would make me feel even hotter! So I ordered a chicken Caesar wrap. And it was good… but I couldn’t get that shepherd’s pie off my mind.
So this weekend I went back to O’Finn’s Irish Temper with JZ to get that shepherd’s pie, and it was every bit as good as I’d imagined. It was made with a buttery potato, parsnip, and sweet potato topping with a ground lamb mixture on the bottom. It was comfort food at its finest!
We also split a large size Caesar salad, which was pretty standard but made with a great house made dressing.
JZ got the Farmhouse pizza for his entree, which was made on a thin crust made from scratch and topped with house cured bacon, fennel seed pepperoni, quail eggs, sweet roasted garlic, chili spiked tomato sauce, and smoked mozzarella. I had a bite and thought it was good, but would have been even better on a thicker crust – but that’s just personal preference.
All in all a good meal. And I’m glad I finally satisfied my curiosity about the shepherd’s pie! Except now I’m dying to go back to try their “farm fresh bowl” with quinoa, beets, chickpeas, and all sorts of good stuff in it. Hopefully I won’t make myself wait another 9 months to go back this time!
Have you ever not ordered what you really wanted at a restaurant? Did you ever go back to finally order it?