Just like myself, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar‘s fall menu is only available for a limited time, and well worth every penny. Let that sink in.
I was invited in to sample some of their tasty treats that make you forget how much fall sucks because of the time change. But drink up, and it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere. I of course went for a mule, one of my faves, but just like an M. Night Shyamalan movie, this had a twist – Vanilla Fig Mule! I know my Mules almost as well as I know my fries, and this one impressed the hell out of me. Eff the other seasons – if I can have this year round, I’ll gladly suffer through the Snowbirds (sorry for those of you who have to suffer through actual snow).
Nothing warms a cold, bitter heart (thank you ex-boyfriends for that) like a nice, hot cup of comforting soup. And what better way to celebrate the fall season than with some Butternut Squash Soup, topped with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Local Honey? This one will make you feel like home, minus the annoying relatives asking you why you’re still single (isn’t the holiday season fun?!?!)
I’ve had many an opinion on Tuna Poke, because just like a basic bitch, they can be incredibly boring. But this one stood out to me on the menu and for good reason – it’s served with Asian Pear, Sweet Onion, Ginger Soy Sauce, Macadamia Dust, Blood Orange Vinaigrette, Roasted Nori, Hawaiian Black Lava Salt, and Pea Tendrils. I’m pretty sure that just checked off everything on my Jewish Christmas list. All of those flavors combined were so delicious, so savory, so unique. It’s what the cool kids these days are calling “extra.” And because I correctly used that in a sentence, I’m cool now too.
Here’s the thing. Just like a sick note to get out of work, pumpkin really needs to be used sparingly. Otherwise it’s overkill. This Rainbow Trout dish did that perfectly by combining it with so many other flavors – Fennel Spiced Mushrooms, Israeli Apple-Celery Slaw, Horseradish-Pumpkin Seed Pesto, and Cauliflower Purée. Beautifully done, savagely eaten (no shame in my game when it comes to a dish like this).
This dish can’t be BEET. It marches to the BEET of it’s own drum. I’m so BEET that I can’t even think of any more puns. Ok. On a scale of 1-10, my humor is a -50 and this dish is a +100.. These Seared Roasted Beet Scallops are made of Spiced Squash Ribbons and served with Kale, Pistachio Butter, and Goat Cheese Crema. It represents the beauty of Harvest, because you won’t find a dish like this anywhere else. A true original, and the flavors blend together to create a perfect taste with each and every bite.
If there’s one thing I’m obsessed with other than Channing Tatum, sales at Urban Outfitters, Snapchat filters and my bed, it’s Indian food. So when I saw a Tikka Masala dish on the menu, I knew it was mine. This particular Tikka Masala dish featured Barramundi, an Asian Sea Bass. It was also dressed up with Pumpkin Curry, Kashmiri Pepper, Toasted Chickpeas, Baby Spinach, and served over Coconut Jasmine Rice. This took all my favorite Indian flavors to the next level. One of the greatest things in my opinion about Harvest is the variety of flavors and dishes – especially this one!
Our final flavor of the night was the Roasted Spaghetti Squash “Pasta,” accompanied by Roasted Cremini Mushrooms, Fresh Sage, Toasted Pistachios, Garlic, Truffle Oil, Freshly Grated Lanchego Cheese. Just hearing each of these flavors individually grabbed my attention immediately. So many foodie “buzz” words and favorites all in one dish, all coming together to create a bite dreamt up in foodie heaven.
And of course you have to get a bit indulgent, with Harvest’s perfectly portioned dessert bites. From left to right: Gingerbread Pear Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, Pumpkin Pie also with the cream cheese icing and a Whoopie Pie to top it off, and Apple Crisp. Harvest servers arrive straight to your table with a gorgeous tray of all their offerings – not for the indecisive (which is why I recommend getting more than one!)
Some of these dishes will remain as staples on the menu, but many will be gone come December 13th – so even though your mind may be set on the holiday season, it’s still time to get some of that fall spirit in your stomach!
***I received complimentary noms in exchange for this post, however, you cannot bribe me with food, so all opinions are my own.