The Stinking Rose
I'm seated at a little nook of a table for two near the window, offering a wet view. I feel all warm and cozy inside. The aroma inside the restaurant is warming and comforting.
I start out with bread and the house relish, The Stinking Rose Garlic Rose Relish. Olive oil with parsley, garlic and vinegar. The garlic is raw in this relish and it's very sharp and garlicy hot. I'm addicted to it, conscious of not filling up on bread, but can't help myself. I eat tablespoons of the stuff. It reminds of aglio olio.
I'm celebrating a new city, so decide to indulge in a cocktail. It's been a few days since I've had one. I go with the Apple Rumba - rum, apple pucker, lime juice and mint (although I don't see mint in this)
Stinking rose menu
For starters I choose the Roasted Garlic Baked Triple Cream Goat Brie with toasted chiabatta. The skillet is piping hot and the brie is oozy and melted with whole roasted garlic bulbs. Oh yeah, this is what make a cheese go to another level!
ooey, gooey goats brie and garlic
My cozy little nook.
nooks and crannies of the resturant
For main I go with a tureen of Zuppa di Pesce, which has plump mussels, sweet crab, fresh fish, calamari and shrimp in a garlic cioppino sauce.
tureen of seafood
I do however need to try the garlic ice cream with caramel mole sauce for dessert. There is always room for icecream.
It's an odd combination and the garlicy creaminess grows on me. The caramel mole sauce is good. There is a definite hint of garlic with every spoonful.
I loved this restaurant. The food was good and the novelty of a garlic restaurant is fun. Of course you can purchase souvenirs from stickers to cookbooks to glassware. By the time I was leaving I could smell the garlic on my own breath and found myself offensive!
P.S. Leftovers the next day (for breakfast) were extra fabulous!