Although they had just opened, the dining area was filling up quickly and we could overhear the hostess saying that many of the still open tables were reserved. When it was our turn, it was explained to us that there was a table for two available, but we would have to be out in an hour and a half. Hmm, enjoy a less leisurely meal than usual or go somewhere else? Enjoy!
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It's been years since I'd had them and VM is a huge fan, so without hesitation we chose a side dish of the onion rings with chipotle aioli. Giant rings of thick onion battered in a crisp, but not greasy coating; these were only enhanced by the delicious dipping sauce.
Next up was a side dish of the you-cannot-go-to-C79-and-not-order the polenta fries with chipotle ketchup. These never disappoint! I have literally never been to Candle 79 and not ordered these.
I was surprised that the roasted brussel sprouts were not crisped to perfection the way VM makes them, but were instead rather soft and buttery. Luckily you can't really go wrong with brussel sprouts and we gobbled them all up anyway. The creamy garlic cloves that melted in your mouth didn't hurt either.
For the main dish we agreed upon the Moroccan spiced chickpea cake with seasonal vegetables, red pepper-coconut curry, ginger-apricot-date chutney, and toasted almonds. The cake is the same one that resides in their falafel sandwich, but the dinner version is served upon a coiffed bed of potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli and onions. Both the curry and the chutney (which tasted like tamarind to me) really made the meal.
And, finally, you'll be happy to know that we also chose the grilled kale salad with haricots verts, [fresh!] figs, red onions, turnips, avocado, sunflower seeds, speltberries, and chive vinaigrette. I'm not one to order salad at a restaurant, but Candle 79 does it up right. There must be a more appropriate word for these "salad" concoctions they come up with, because to consider them in the same category as the standard iceberg and tomato plate is an injustice.
While I would have liked to have squeezed in dessert, our time was up. Our polite waiter, Eliot, didn't point it out but we had kept an eye on our watches. Glad to have had the opportunity to enjoy this fine dining unexpectedly, we certainly didn't want the diners who had had the forethought to make a reservation to suffer as a result of our gluttony. Instead, we headed over to Candle Cafe for dessert. Thank you for another wonderful evening, Candle 79.