Last night was my husband’s birthday -we just went up the street and had a casual dinner with some friends. The restaurant is Eat-a-Pita by day, Cafe 2 by night – and it’s a regular spot for us. And sometimes with that comes the same meal each time, because we just have certain faves. But this time I tried a new entree and now a NEW FAVORITE! Cafe 2 is a small, very unassuming casual cafe with lots of hand painted wood, architectural pieces turned furniture wares and whimsical decor.
They offer an extensive menu of all homemade food, from salad dressings to desserts to my favorite appetizer, the Mediterranean platter with homemade hummus, whipped feta and crispy pita chips for dipping. It was actually $5 tapas and drinks night so we also shared the lamb patty served with a cucumber, onion and feta relish (deeelish) and the Sashimi tuna with seaweed salad (also deeelish).
But the star of the evening was my entree. Sweet Pea Risotto with Truffle and Basil Oil with Seared Scallops -WOW what flavors this dish offered! The scallops were seared to perfection – not an easy task (you have to ensure the scallops are dry or you’ll end up steaming them) and that your pan is hot. The risotto was creamy and beautifully flavored (and scented) with Truffle Oil and fresh basil. The asparagus was steamed leaving just the right amount of crispness. It was absolutely fantastic.