Clare and I took advantage of the fact that restaurant week was extended and went to Rouge Tomate. I had heard good things about the farm to table restaurant when Kristen, a friend of ours from culinary school, did a stage there. Rouge Tomate cooks its food according to the principles of S.P.E. which revolves around the elements of sourcing (local, seasonal), preparation (in a way that preserves the nutritional integrity of the food), and enhancement (added nutritional value through menu diversity).
I will admit right now that my photos of this dinner didn’t come out that well. Clare started with a gazpacho that I’m not posting a photo of because it was blurry. Clare said that it was too salty. I had a panzanella with nectarines. The bread was not crisp enough for me, but that’s probably because they don’t deep fry at Rouge Tomate.
For her entree, Clare had the steak. I wish I had more information, but the restaurant week menu is no longer up and I don’t remember exactly what was in the dish. Clare seemed pleased with it.
I went with the gnocchi with summer vegetables. The vegetable were ever-so-lightly cooked which preserved the crispness to the beans and peas. The broth, also very light, was well done, but the gnocchi itself was too mushy.
For dessert, Clare had the vanilla bean milkshake with figs, served with a fig bar. A solid choice. I tasted some of the shake and it was cold and not too sweet. At the bottom of the glass were fresh figs which were delicious. The fig bar was also good, though I’ve never met a fig bar I didn’t like.
I had the plum cake which came with fresh plums and plum sorbet. This was my favorite course of the night. The sweetness of the ripe fruits was enough to make the dessert.
We left the restaurant satisfied but not stuffed. I think that there are some things (like fried bread), that just can’t be replicated in a healthful way. Others however (the desserts especially) can and are wonderful. Rouge Tomate is a great place to go if you want food that is beautiful and fancy, but you don’t want to feel like you’ve spoiled your health in the process.