Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA Edition: Eleven
Oh, Pittsburgh. You beautiful land of exquisite restaurants, you. There are so many options that I could have a different meal each day for a year and still have a ton of incredible options leftover.
During a day trip to Pittsburgh, we decided on Eleven for dinner. "Glitzy, stylish restaurant with modern, refined American fare plus cocktails & a separate bar menu," according to Google. Sold.
Well, we had early dinner reservations that landed us a small booth on the lower level. The open area had tall windows, sleek features and lots of sharp, modern edges.
First, Heather got a small heirloom tomato salad to start. She let me sneak a bite, and it was quite lovely.
Then, we were served with three varieties of bread. I opted to try one of each: sea salt focaccia, semolina and a raisin bread. The sea salt was my favorite.
The main menu features swordfish, lamb loin, hanger steak and pasta entrees.
I went for the Beef Tenderloin ($38), which was served with potato gnocchi, forest mushrooms, warmed blue cheese, spinach, pistachio pesto and jus.
This was quite good. It was cooked well, the blue cheese was this light cream, and the pesto on top was nutty and added some nice crunchy texture. Those potato gnocchi were too good. And the meat itself - nice char on the outside, beautifully pink inside. Well-cooked, moist and flavorful.
For dessert, Heather got this cute assortment of ice cream and tasty treats. I went with the banana cream pie, which has banana pudding, vanilla wafter and dulce de leche mousse. This is a house specialty, and I can see why. It's incredible. The crunch, the bits of meringue, the soft, the light but sweet. SO GOOD.
This was quite a lovely dining experience. Great food, great service. A lovely way to end a fun day. And, before we left, we had these complimentary bites of dark chocolate. Nice!