It’s that time of year again! Embrace the foodie in you and fire up those taste buds because Dine Downtown is back! It’s an awesome event where local chefs create special 3-course dinners priced at $31 per person. 25 restaurants in the Sacramento area are participating from January 8th to January 17th, 2014.You can’t pass up an awesome deal like that! Plus, a portion of the sales go to charity, so the event is a win-win all around!
This is our third year in a row previewing for Dine Downtown. In 2011 we previewed Dawson’s and in 2012 we previewed The Melting Pot. This year we tried out The Firehouse in Old Sac after hearing rave reviews about it for quite some time. Named one of America’s Top Restaurants by Zagat, The Firehouse is known for its award-winning cuisine and extensive wine collection. The dining room was exquisite, featuring high ceilings, beautiful architecture, and gorgeous turn-of-the-century paintings affixed to the walls. The service at The Firehouse is top notch and fit for a king (literally!) whether you consider yourself a high roller or not. If you’re looking to impress a date, this is the place to go!
We ended up ordering almost everything from the specialized Dine Downtown menu. For the first course, we went with the mixed greens and lobster parsnip bisque. The greens featured Point Reyes farmstead blue cheese, toasty pecans, vanilla poached pears, and a champagne tarragon vinaigrette that offered a variety of fresh, sweet, and tangy flavors. The incredibly rich lobster bisque was garnished with caramelized leeks, fresh lobster, and fennel.
For the second course, we had the salmon ragout and roasted beet risotto. The salmon was garnished with crispy fried shallots and layered over a bed of cranberry beans, cipollini onions, and roasted cauliflower. The dish also featured savory sherry shallot creme sauce and bacon that infused it with smokiness. The risotto featured beet-infused arborio rice with roasted garlic, kale, butternut squash, and burrata cheese. The sweetness of the beets was beautifully balanced with the creamy goodness of the melted burrata cheese. I highly recommend this dish if you’re looking for something without meat.
Last but far from least, the desserts were out of this world! We ordered the crème brûlée and Gianduja mousse bombe. The crème brûlée was the creamiest I’ve ever experienced and had a hard caramelized exterior, which provided a nice contrast. Its topping of fresh diced strawberries was simple but delicious. The bombe was a bit more extravagant in its presentation, featuring chocolate mousse cake, a hazelnut royaltine crust, raspberry, zinfandel sorbet, and cocoa nib creme fraiche topped with pixie dust.
All in all, if you’re looking for a high class experience for a great price, you won’t want to miss The Firehouse’s Dine Downtown offerings. Make sure you hurry– it all comes to an end January 17, 2014!
For more information and a full list of the participating restaurants, check out Downtown Sacramento Partnership.