Mr Minx and I were invited to participate in a media dinner to taste several of the Tavern Room's offerings. We were brought several share-able items from the "tastes" and "small plates" sections of the menu, and then each of us were asked to choose one large plate or entree and one dessert for our personal consumption.
Before I get into the food, I want to mention the punches, which are served exclusively in the Tavern Room area of the restaurant. Unlike the spiked ginger ale with rainbow sherbet we may have encountered in our youth, beverage director Tim Riley's concoctions are more exotic, and of course, more delicious. We snagged samples of the sublimely smoky "Cry of Delores" (which includes mezcal, apple brandy, sherry, smoked tea, and citrus), and the refreshing Kentucky Navy (with bourbon, rye, spearmint tea, black walnut bitters, citrus, and cider). We found them both to be dangerously easy to drink. While the punches come in large Mason jars intended to serve 2-4 people, it wouldn't be all that hard to guzzle more than intended. [hic!]
Now the food: we started out our meal with samples of the roasted bone marrow, which came with thin slices of baguette toast. I grew up eating bone marrow, and was pleased with this taste of my childhood, amped up with the flavors and textures of finely chopped mushrooms and fennel.
|Bone marrow, roasted mushroom duxelles, fennel|
|Pig face & pickles: Chefs choice of jowl, snout, chin, cheek, pork rind, tongue and ears, sauce gribiche|
|Merguez pretzel bites: Lamb sausage, fennel-fines herbes mustard|
|Braised beef short rib, creamed spinach, red currents, veal jus|
|Confit duck leg, heirloom summer beans, preserved summer tomatoes, mirepoix, bacon duck jus|
|Braised lamb neck, glazed baby carrots, fines herbes, carrot beurre blanc, lime, veal jus|
|Warm apple clafoutis, apple chip, salted caramel, pink peppercorn ice cream|
|Trio of eclairs: chocolate, pistachio, and tangerine|
The Tavern Room @ Fleet Street Kitchen
1012 Fleet Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
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