Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sardella

The name has changed and the interior is now a bright yellow with blue tiles and sardine cans, but it's still really Niche. Meaning... still the same upscale, fine dining experience with excellent food and cocktails.

I'll just let the pictures do the talking...

The Lillet is light and lemony, just how I like it!

Lillet
The Rye was perfect for Patience.

Rye
There are quite a few small plates to start off with and it's very hard to pick what to eat since there is also a handful of pastas and large plates on the menu as well. My plan of attack is two small plates per person, and then either a pasta or main entree. Luckily, there are two of us to double that amount and cover more ground...

I picked winners: Uni Risotto Balls (smile!) and the Cauliflower Soup was amazing.

Uni Risotto Balls with Mozzarella in a Crystal Aioli

Cauliflower Soup with Farro and Brown Butter
Patience chose Orange-Braised Carrots (a chilled dish that was sweet) and her favorite, Mussels, that came in a white wine sauce with Creme Fraiche, Thai Chili, and Smoked Paprika.

Orange-Braised Carrots with Yogurt, Honey, Buckwheat, Chili, and Lime

Mussels in White Wine, Creme Fraiche, Thai Chili, and Smoked Paprika
I had to go with the Gnocchi of the Sea...crab with tomato, chili, and bone marrow. You must order this.
Gnocchi of the Sea with Crab, Tomato, Chili, and Bone Marrow
The new menu item, Drunken Pappardelle, was also sweeter than I expected, probably due to the olives. The noodles were massive!

Drunken Pappardelle with Pork, Red Wine, Olives, and Gremolata
Believe it or not, we made ourselves stop halfway through our pastas so we could order dessert. Again, nothing but winners. Check out the ultimate chocolate-ness going on here!

Chocolate Cake and Ganache with Blood Orange and Almonds
This is a Sump Espresso Affogato that Patience got to pour herself!

Sump Espresso Affogato with sugar cookie
Did you miss Niche? Have a special occasion to celebrate? You should go to Sardella for sure.

Menu
I cannot wait to try Breakfast and Lunch too!

Resources:

Sardella = http://sardellastl.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon