Before I start, I want to tell my smarty pants friend Eric: yep, I finally got around to writing about dinner Thursday night. and yes, I still stand by my original assessment of it. Oh, and thanks again for the grub :)
Now then, we went on Thursday to Rocket to Venus. I'd never heard of this place before, and it's only about a year old so I may not have had the chance. I remarked to him that the place looks like Diner meets Doctor Who, all in gray.
A little bit about the service: it's pretty attentive. I've been to somewhat more expensive places than this where the service is about as good. And of course, the food is cheaper here.
Eric started off with a nice white wine while I got a Guinness, as usual. We perused the menu and I noticed something that he had mentioned to me before: the menu here is, well, eclectic. It's very difficult to describe otherwise. What we ordered is a pretty good cross section of what R2V offers (apart from the sides, a choice of quinoa, grits, buttermilk biscuits or spicy French fries). We ordered to excess, shared everything, and could hardly finish it:
- fried pickles ($3) - not the standard pickle slices, but three whole spears of pickles with a dipping sauce. And piping hot.
- House of Venus salad ($6) - a big salad of red leaf lettuce, watercress, craisins and a yummy vinaigrette.
- pierogies ($5) - little Polish empanadas (the best way to describe 'em if you're not familiar) with onion, red pepper and Gouda.
- cornmeal-fried oysters ($8) - self-explanatory, with a beurre blanc sauce.
- tempura shrimp on a ball of sesame and black sesame-encrusted sushi rice (a special, not sure what it cost) - the rice was tastier than I thought it would be, what with two types of sesame seeds on the outside. It had dollops of chili, wasabi and some type of sauce (hoisin sauce?), arranged artistically on the plate.
- "wimpies" ($7) - four 2-oz burgers with gummy, not-so-worthy fries (these fries were the only downside to our otherwise delicious meal)