Sunday, July 12, 2015

Restaurant Review...Six Plates Wine Bar....Durham NC

I love to try new restaurants.  It can get a bit pricy and that is why I am constantly checking Groupon for culinary deals.  I found a Groupon for Six Plates Wine Bar in Durham.  I bought the coupon called Cindy and off we went on a yummy adventure.  And an adventure it was....
Here is what they say on their website...
"We keep our selection of plates and wines by the glass small, so that every plate and every glass of wine we give you is of the highest quality.  Because our menu is small, both the food and the wines are constantly changing in order to offer as much variety as possible."
We decided to sit at the bar. They don't have wait staff and  here is their reason why... "Why no waiters?  Waiters can be a great feature of a fine dining restaurant, but there is no reason you can’t have great wine and great food in a more laid back atmosphere.  This way, rather than waiting on someone to show up and help you, you get everything on your time and not ours. However, if you desire the extra attention and want to talk about wine, sit at the bar and the bartenders will be at your service."
The Appetizers 
Sweet Potato Arancini with Smoked Gouda $6



Olive Plate $4

The Entree
Sliders served with BBQ Chips Beef 
                        cherry black pepper chevre, pickled beets, caramelized onions $9

Flatbread spicy tomato sauceroasted corngrilled zucchiniroma tomatoes, red onion, bacon lardons, feta, parsley shallot vinaigrette $9


Dessert
Chocolate Truffles
 Hand dipped blackberry lavender, pink peppercorn & sea salt,peanut butter …2 for $3.50
Such a great experience.  The atmosphere was cozy and inviting.  The food amazing.  I think Cindy would agree.  The chocolate was, I guess I would have to say, complex.  You could taste pepper, sweetness, saltiness and a hint of lavender....it was delicious.  
There were several words on the menu that were foreign to me.  Lets look them up and enhance our vocabulary.
Arancini- are stuffed rice balls that are coated with breadcrumbs, and fried. Arancini are usually filled with ragù, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and/or peas. There are a number of local variants that differ in fillings and shape.
Chevre- French for goat cheese.
Lardon- also called lardoon, larding needle or larding, is a small strip or cube of pork fat (usually subcutaneous fat) used in a wide variety of cuisines to flavor savory foods and salads....(These were really tasty on the flatbread:-)
If you want to try a new restaurant I suggest you try Six Plates Wine Bar.  Many varieties of wine, they even let you taste before you buy.  I probably tasted 4 before I made my decision.  We sat at the bar to get a feel for the flow of the restaurant but next time I think we will take a seat in the dining room.  I love their concept of taking your time and just enjoying the wine and food at your own pace.  I can't wait to return....
Get out and try a new restaurant!
KathieyV:-)

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