We went here for Restaurant Week last night. North Oaks is a little bit outside of where we normally go for food and entertainment, we usually stay more to the downtown areas or in the east metro.
We had a later reservation, 8:30 pm. There were still many diners in the restaurant and on the patio, and the bar was in full swing. We were seated in a booth and soon had the section to ourselves.
We started with Gatsby martinis ($10 each and very reasonable). Excellent and filled to the rim.
Service was very fast and our server made me laugh. She was very nice and very competent. (Emily Y.)
Since we chose the Restaurant Week menu, it was a prix fixe 3 course meal for $35 each with selections for each course. My husband and I chose the same things which simplified ordering.
We started with the Spinach Salad. It had great flavor and large chunks of blue cheese.
We had the Lobster Spaghetti entree. We were served a large pasta dish that was full of noodles, lobster bisque cream sauce, and lobster chunks. It had an amazing flavor AND aroma. Most of the chunks were a little bit rubbery, but my husband said he had a very tender piece too. We decided that since we couldn't take home our desserts that we would take home half of our entree. We don't usually eat this much and were getting full.
For dessert, we had the Chomeur Pudding. We had to wait a few minutes for it to be prepared, but that was ok because we were looking at radar and the huge thunderstorm that was coming, as well as doing some Game of Thrones research...and still finishing the martinis!
I researched Pudding Chomeur, and it is a traditional French-Canadian dessert. Known as "Poor Man's Pudding," it is butter cake with bubbling maple syrup. Ours was put under the broiler until very hot and then had a dollop of premium vanilla ice cream added. My husband thought it was a little bit sweet but I absolutely LOVED IT! Which is weird, because I'm always the one complaining that food or beverage is too sweet. But it was really, really good.
The restaurant and bathrooms were very, very clean and tastefully decorated. The patio was nice and had a clump of beautiful Star-Gazer Lillies planted nearby as well as other flowers. We were able to park right in front of the doors which came in handy as it started to pour when we left. Just 5 feet out the front door and we were soaked!
We will definitely make the effort to go back. The rest of the menu looks good and they have a good cook (or cooks). The tab with tax ($6.92) and tip came to over $100 but man, it was worth it.
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