Chris and I went out for a belated Valentine’s Day dinner last night since he had to study for a midterm on the actual day. We made a reservation at a lovely little French bistro downtown called Truffles that had been long overdue for us to try. The space was small, beautiful, and dimly lit - perfect for our date night.
We had root vegetable chips with truffle aioli, and foie gras pate with baguette, rhubarb compote, and microgreens to start. While the appetizers were just okay (the foie gras was underwhelming and nothing special), the entrees were definitely the highlight of the evening. We ordered steak frites (prairie strip loin, shallot butter, mushrooms, roasted root vegetables, and fries with sea salt, truffle oil, parsley, and house made ketchup) and pork tenderloin (sous vide tenderloin with honey and thyme mustard spatzle, golden beets, crispy onions, roasted pork belly, red beet puree, and pickled mustard seeds).
The steak was delicious, with the butter adding a nice touch of richness. The ketchup was mild and paired wonderfully with the lightly salted fries. The pork tenderloin was perfectly pink, and the fried onions provided a nice textural contrast. The pork belly was crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth tender on the inside, with the pureed beets offering just enough acidity to cut through its richness.
It was the perfect evening spent with my favorite valentine!