This beautiful walkway is leading up to the River Club Restaurant at Confluence Park. I’ve wanted to go there forever, since hearing my mom talk about it, and hearing how great the view from the deck is. And it is.
Anyway, this all started when I saw 614 magazine was giving away dinners for Restaurant Week Columbus on their Facebook page. They said something like “leave a comment about where you’d like to eat this week and you could win dinner for two.” So I of course left a comment that “I’d love to eat out on the deck at Confluence Park this week.” A few hours later I got a text from Caroline telling me they had chosen me to win a dinner for two at River Club! Since she always tries to win also, and had seen that I won (I would never have remembered to check back), AND she’s my blogging P.I.C., I of course asked her to be my plus-one!
We made reservations for Monday of Restaurant week (no use in wasting time and I had 2 more dinners planned.) As you can see walking in the restaurant has a very boathouse/somewhere more exotic than Ohio feel. It reminded me of this beautiful restaurant I went to with my family in Santa Cruz, CA called Shadowbrook.
We had requested to sit on the patio but they had booked a private party last-minute and moved us inside. Since the lovely Columbus weather was around 95 degrees, and muggy as hell even at 8pm, we didn’t mind. They sat us along the edge of the dining room next to the windows looking out at the deck so it was the same great view but with a/c and some good people-watching! The view really is great, I’d love to see it later at night when the buildings are lit up or in the winter with snow all over the river. The inside is beautiful too. Lots of space, big rustic wood fixtures, some couches, and multiple fireplaces. I’d love to see it decorated all cozy for Christmas!
On to the food! The Restaurant week menu had some yummy sounding choices so as usual we both ordered different things so we could try everything. First thing they brought out some bread (thank god because we were starving.) It was a soft sourdough baguette sliced with butter and freshly made pesto. De-lish!
For the first course we did order the same salad, which came with Mixed Greens, Apples, Spiced Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Manchego Cheese, and Raspberry Vinaigrette. Of course it was just as good as it sounds. I’ve never had Manchengo cheese before, and I’m not really sure what it is, but it was good. These fruit/nut combo salads have really become my new favorite thing.
Caro was a vegetarian until maybe 6 months ago so she was excited to order her first steak entrée. She chose the Bleu Cheese Crusted Center Cut Strip, with Caramelized Onion Whipped Potatoes, Ohio Zucchini & Squash, and a Demi Glace. Not being a big fan of bleu cheese though she skipped that part. I don’t even think it mattered, this steak was so goood. I don’t know why but I never order steak and I definitely should because this was SO yummy. The veggies, as pretty as they were displayed, were a little undercooked (I like my squash basically mushy) but the potatoes were very good. Caro doesn’t even like mashed potatoes and enjoyed these.
I ordered the Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breast with Whipped Potatoes, Ohio Zucchini & Squash, and a Lemon Butter Sauce. The chicken was tender and juicy, and like I said the veggies and potatoes were quite good. Lemon Butter Sauce? I mean come it was obviously as rich and delicious as it sounds.
The whole “mediterranean stuffed” part was maybe more literal than I assumed. Which of course is my own fault. There was a lot of red pepper and olive (maybe some cheese) in this chicken. Unfortunately I don’t care for olives so it wasn’t my favorite dish, but like I said, my own fault. I don’t what else I was expecting in “mediterranean chicken.” I guess I was just too hungry to think it through :p
Somehow we still had room to fit in dessert. Caro ordered the Chocolate Jeannette (which was a big brownie), Chocolate Mousse, and Raspberry Glace. I love the combo of raspberry and chocolate so I thought this very yummy. But surprisingly, I liked mine even better. I had the Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with a Rum Reduction, Chocolate Sauce, and Whipped Cream. Caro perfectly described it as “a big, spongy, chocolate chip cookie.” It was so good and the rum reduction just made it. I have no idea why (because I hate to drink liquor) but I love liquor flavor in my desserts.
We couldn’t have dessert without coffee, so we both ordered one, and with tax it brought our grand total for a 3 course meal to…. $3.15!! Of course we tipped our lovely server well but it was still a great treat! Thanks again to 614 Magazine
, it was a great “date night” with my P.I.C. who is leaving me soon :(
…maybe I’ll have to find a real date to take next time ;)