With the veritable whirlwind of eating opportunities in Durham these days, how does one decide? Well, Gentle Readers, if you’re in the mood for classy and delicious, try eating at the bar at Revolution. I specify because the dining area is definitely fine dining, and one is not always in the mood. In this case, I got to meet up with my friend FoodiePants and have a fab wine and split everything experience.
Bar's Eye View at Revolution in Durham
First, review the menu, and then order the Arancini. No matter what your culinary leanings are, just do this, and thank me later. If you’re not familiar with the dish, think of it as the hush puppy of Italy. Touching on yesterday’s theme, it is in fact deep fried rice and (usually) cheese.
All Hail the Arancini
Arancini is one of those things I order on sight, like pork belly. It’s just a reflex, uncontrollable and true. And Revolution delivered big-time. I will go on record as saying, it was probably the best rendition I’ve eaten to date. For my Italian readers, I’ve never been to Italy, so when The Practical Cook travels abroad, you can guide me to your grandma’s house, but till then, Revolution.
What's inside arancini? Answer: delicious
As FoodiePants and I like to tip our hats to good health and fitness, we felt compelled to include a vegetable into the mix. We ordered the beet and goat cheese salad. It was good, beautiful, and tasty, but had a hard time competing with a fried ball of rice and cheese covered in an unctuous reduction. But it did sop our guilt.
Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
Now that vegetables were covered, we entered the hallowed halls of oversized ribeye with mashed potatoes and seasoned butter. The Two Fat Ladies would have shied away from this plate. Thus the strong recommendation for both price consideration and sheer gluttony prevention, split with a friend!
I am still missing this ribeye. Hello again.
Because, you see, if I were left alone with this plate, no matter how much arancini I had consumed before, I would have eaten the whole thing. The steak was perfectly cooked, the mashed potatoes were off the charts good (and I’m picky, I’m not the world’s biggest fan of them), and the leeks a perfect complement.
Love the tasting menu nomenclature
Special thanks to the bartender for outstanding service and unfaltering recommendations in the wine and the food. Looking very much forward to my next omnivorous outing at Revolution!
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