We ordered sumptious steaks that still makes me smack my lips in joy. Really superb dinner on which my husband got us a bottle of vino which is off the wine list and which price I'll never know and don't want to know. A grand gesture that included a gorgeous suite upstairs, booked for the weekend.
So yes, when I got invited to join other fooderatis for a food taste at Ruth's Chris Steak House new Lunch Menu at The H Hotel? I did not do a leap and a hop to say yes! I definitely did not! I did better... a Chandler happy dance.... I was without a doubt thrilled.
Reaching the steak house, I was shown to the bar / lounge while waiting for the rest of the group. Ruth's dining area could be choc-a-bloc at night, a nice drink and a lovely chat while waiting for your table is a good way to calm hungry diners.
For this tasting however, it's not as crowded and I was able to take clear shots of Ruth's. I love the high back seats, lots of privacy. I also love the dramatic lighting (though challenging to photo shoots) even during the day and the beautiful display of wine.
There are nine dishes on offer in Starters Soups and Salads and so I digged in to a few of them. Stuffed Mushrooms is one of my fave. It is broiled mushroom caps with jumbo lump crab stuffing sprinkled with Romano cheese. How did it taste? Exactly how it was extravagantly described, orchestra of top quality ingredients.
Another starter that made it to my favourite list is the Pink Pepper Corn and Sesame Crusted Ahi-Tuna. It was my first time to eat Ahi-Tuna and I was not sure if I will like it. It's seared and crusted and served with saffron mayonnaise and a fresh cucumber salad. Let me put it mildly, I took my first bite and I saw angels dancing gangnam style. I am fo sho coming back to have a whole plate of them Ahi-Tuna.
I also had a bowl of seafood soup thickened with okra and topped with little scoop of rice called Louisiana Seafood Gumbo. It's the kind of soup one will enjoy having on rainy days or on cold months.
Two dishes that I took a pass were Chilled Gazpacho with Blackened Shrimp served with guacamole, and creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip served with garlic rounds. They look absolutely beautiful but had to eat smart if I want to last the day.
*Other dishes to choose were Calamari, Arugula Chicken Salad, Crispy Tomato Salad and Chicken Wings
I ordered, Grilled Cajun Gamba's. It's grilled jumbo prawns served with fresh sweet and sour homemade coleslaw and garlic aioli. I'm glad I took the risk. Shrimps tasted fresh, plump and juicy... if it was pasta I'd say it was al dente. It's cooked but it still has that nice bite in it and the Cajun flavor was not overpowering at all. It was a hint of spice that complements the sweet and sour crunchy coleslaw and creamy aioli. It's the third in my fave list.
Braised Short Rib, a slowly cooked short rib served with garlic mashed potatoes, roasted bell peppers and onions and drizzled with gravy, certainly, definitely, without a doubt looked appetizing ... but I didn't want to risk my dessert space.
Other mains were Ruth's Bistro Burger, Tuna Melt Tortilla, Roastbeef Sandwich, Chicken Shrimp Pasta, Chicken Piccata and Fish & Chips.
Petite Chocolate Sin Cake was indeed sinful. It's chocolate and espresso cake, a temptation that is definitely irresistible. Rich, bitter sweet surrender.
Apple Crumble need no further explanation. I am cray-cray ca-ray-zee about apple crumbles and apple pies and so believe me when I say... I have to now up the ante of my apple pie making because after tasting Ruth's ... it feels like how one feels after first class seats, there's no going back to coach.
Last to enter the chamber was the Cheesecake. Beautiful in both presentation and taste. It's simple and posh adorned with fresh fruit slices and coulis but was packed with a full blown explosion of flavours with cream cheese still the star. If I'm a guy, I'll ask Ms Cheesecake to marry me.
For complete and torturously delicous lunch menu description... Click here at your own peril