Last week was Restaurant Week here in Cville, an idea taken and adapted from larger cities. You get a three course meal for $26. This is a such an amazing concept in larger cities, where more expensive restaurants typically partake. That’s because you end up going to a restaurant where you wouldn’t typically go because it’s usually too much money (the whole idea behind restaurant week). Since we don’t have a lot of restaurants like that here in Cville, our restaurant week is usually a motley crue of places to eat, some good and some just so so.
After my AWFUL experience at Maya earlier in the week (it was really a debacle…everything was just bad, from the flavors of the dishes to the teensy tiny portions, to my extremely overcooked monkfish…my favorite dish and the only reason why I went there that night. Seriously, that thing was so overcooked it crumbled like well-done chicken. It was inedible), a group of friends and I decided to check out Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar, a mediterranean restaurant. And I’m so glad we did because it restored my faith in good restaurants.
For restaurant week, Orzo offered almost their whole menu. This is a huge perk. Many restaurants (achemmm….Maya) short change you during restaurant week and make you wish you went any other time just to get a real meal. That was not the case with Orzo.
Because we had a good sized group we all ordered differently and shared our meals. I was stuffed by the end. Here are the highlights.