Pittsburgh Restaurant Scene
On to spot #2 for this years Restaurant Week. We leave the Historic Deutschtown neighborhood and travel to East Liberty. Tonight just D and I are dining at Spoon.
Fresh, Local, Modern American cuisine. This is what I would call Spoon’s “mission statement” and they live up to it very well. I am not sure how we went so long without eating here. We have dined right next door at BRGR (Brian Pekarcik’s other restaurant, now with a place in Cranberry Twp.) but we have never ventured over to Spoon. That was our mistake because this place serves some amazing food and equally delicious drinks. For the week Spoon was doing a special 3-course meal; D and I decided this was the way to go since we wanted to taste as much as possible.
There was one appetizer that caught our eye that was not available on the 3-course special, but we had to have it. The Beef + Lobster was phenomenal; it was hangar steak tartare with tempura lobster served with roasted chanterelle mushrooms, cornbread and a fennel aioli. The tartare was rich, served with a raw quails egg on top, I think all tartare should have a fresh egg on top. The lobster was crunchy and sweet and went great with the cornbread and aioli.
Our next course was equally as good, D had the Gorgonzola cheese soufflé and I had the heirloom tomato soup. The soufflé was good, not very flavorful even with all the bleu cheese; however the stone fruit salad with candied walnuts and honey-white balsamic dressing that accompanied the soufflé was refreshing and tasty. My soup was fantastic, a thick creamy tomato soup served with a small crab cake placed right in the middle of the bowl, different and amazingly decadent at the same time. I have had grilled cheese and tomato soup before, but I prefer crab cake with tomato soup.
Next up, the entrees, D ordered the Porchetta (we have yet to eat a bad porchetta) I ordered the Skuna Bar Salmon. D’s porchetta was served over pecorino fried spaghetti with artichoke and asparagus relish and pesto. My salmon was teriyaki glazed over congee (google it) with sesame baby bok choy a CRAB EGG ROLL (could have just ordered a dozen of these as my meal!) and carrot and ginger essence or foam. At this point we were starting to fill up, but with meals this good you have to end with dessert.
We shared the signature Spoon Bar (my favorite) and the Strawberry dessert. The Spoon Bar is a Bailey’s cocoa bar with frozen chocolate mousse, crunchy nougat and a semi-sweet chocolate pudding; a die-hard chocolate lovers dream! The Strawberry dessert was on the lighter side and more refreshing compared to the richness of the Spoon Bar. The plate had mascarpone lady fingers, roasted strawberries, strawberry lemonade sorbet and toasted pistachios. They both were a fabulous way to end the meal.
It may have taken us a while to get our butts down to Spoon, but it won’t take us long to get back down there! It’s a beautiful restaurant with a very friendly and attentive staff that serves some of the best food in Pittsburgh! And don’t worry about the parking in East Liberty, they have valet!!
Next up on our tour is Tender Bar & Kitchen, one of our top 3 places and in the heart of food central Lawrenceville!
(412) 362- 6001
134 South Highland Ave.
Pgh, PA 15206