2310-4th St SW
I had the three course lunch feature at the Vin Room last weekend. The feature, updated every week, offers patrons an appetizer, entree and dessert for $25 dollars. Wine pairings are also available for an extra $10.
First up was the appetizer. Eggplant chips with a pine nut aioli and spicy tomato chutney dip. The slices of paper thin eggplant were coated with panko and deep fried to the max. The taste of eggplant was lost in the cooking process in addition to the nutrients. All you can really taste is the bread crumbs and spices. Really crispy though. Of the two dipping sauces, I liked the pine nut aioli more. The tomato chutney was not very spicy and tasted more like a mild Old Dutch salsa. The portions were relatively generous. 4 or 5 large slices were stacked onto the plate.
Up next was the entree. The grilled flank steak was served with green beans and potatoes and topped with a double smoked bacon jus. You may have noticed there is only 3 pieces of steak on the plate. I can assure you that this is all that was served. I didn't sneak a piece before snapping a picture. And I thought BR& was stingy with their 4 piece steak lunch. To be fair, the steak was very tender and quite good. The sauce had a brown sugar sweetness to it, I cleaned out the rest of the complimentary bread to eat the sauce because it was THAT good!
The last to arrive was the dessert. Two scoops of rocky road gelato with raspberry. Nothing too special about the ice cream. I thought 2 scoops was a little excessive. If given a choice, I would have given up a scoop for more steak. That's for sure.
Overall, I think the meal was decent. I don't think it was totally worth $25, especially considering the portion you get for the entree. Vero Bistro Moderne offers a similar deal for a mere $15. However, Vin Room does offer a fancier meal with steaks or halibut filet as the main versus pasta, and slightly larger appetizer and dessert portions. A solid 7.5 out of 10.