Meh. 😕 Date Night was sort of a bust. Mal and I enjoyed our time together, but the restaurant we chose for dinner was just so-so.
Mid-afternoon, before heading to dinner, I snacked on some dried apricots and a small package of salted peanuts. The combo held off my hunger for a couple of hours.
A few of weeks ago, I bought a coupon from Restaurant.com for Ecco Trattoria & Bar, so I decided to cash in it tonight. Unfortunately, Mal and I were not impressed with the restaurant. I loved the dÃ©cor and vibe, but the food was pretty average””even below average. Maybe it was just what we ordered?
To start, I ordered one of the fancy martinis from the beverage menu. It was supposed to be served with a blue cheese-stuffed olive, but, apparently, the menu needs updating because it came with boring jarred olives. I was really looking forward to that special olive, so I was a bit bummed.
Similarly, Mal wasn’t thrilled with his drink experience. Ecco only had a few varieties of beer on draft, so he ordered a Stella Artois, which he said tasted like the keg lines needed to be cleaned. Eww.
For my entrÃ©e, I ordered the Pan Seared Scallops over tomatoes, onions, white beans, and pancetta, topped with cilantro in a white wine sauce. It was tasty, but nothing special. It sort of reminded me of a Real Simple recipe that I’d make at home in my own kitchen. The scallops actually tasted a little overdone.
Dessert was the biggest disappointment of the night. The CrÃ¨me Brulee immediately caught Mal’s attention, so we shared it. Sadly, it didn’t taste like CrÃ¨me Brulee at all. We’re almost positive it was vanilla pudding with burnt sugar on top! It definitely wasn’t the traditional CrÃ¨me Brulee we expected.
I’m not sure we’ll ever eat dinner at Ecco again, but I want to go back to try a number of the martinis on their menu. A lot of them sound delicious! They even have a carrot cake martini!
Our last TNT training run is tomorrow morning. 8 miles!