Sunday, March 25, 2007

Six Burner Sustenance

Last week we managed to squeeze in a trip to Six Burner (located at 1627 West Main St.) to support Benefit Thyme. Monday – Thursday the restaurant features a 3-course prix fixe menu for $19.95 per person. On Wednesdays it is also $10 carafe night. We happened to stop by on a Wednesday (how serendipitous!). The interior featured both white-clothed tables and booths. Brass accents gleamed at the bar. Thankfully, no one was smoking at the bar (the place is really too small for smoking at the bar). We went for the carafe of red. Bottles were actually opened to pour into the liter-sized carafe. The wine was not spectacular, but it wasn’t rotgut either. I believe the wine was a Solar Tempranillo, but I have not been able to find a wine label to confirm. In any case a bargain. We also chose the prix fixe menu, with both of us ordering the Corn Soup with Truffle Oil and the Hanger Steak with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Red Wine Sauce. We changed it up for dessert. I had the Cinnamon Panna Cotta; the hubby went for the Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Mousse.

When I mentally envision corn soup, invariably I think of corn chowder. This soup was not chowder. It was a pureed version of fresh creamed corn with a hint of corn meal on the finish. The truffle oil was more like truffle foam. Overall, an unexpected, but very tasty surprise. The hanger steak was tenderer than expected with a subtle sauce to accompany it. The potatoes could have had more garlic, but they were decent. My panna cotta had a very creamy, silky texture. The cinnamon was a little too strong for my taste, but for most, this would be a superb dessert. My husband’s dessert was knock your socks off. The peanut butter cake was an extremely moist pound cake bursting with flavor. The chocolate mousse was dark and intense with the chocolate flavor lingering long after swallowing. We decided to have coffee ($1.50) after our meal. Six Burner serves Illy. We had not had coffee this good since we were last in Paris. And this was a basic cup of coffee with cream and sugar. None of the frou-frou cappuccino stuff.

We will definitely return. The menu changes frequently, and the regular wine offerings list options from $19 - $60 a bottle.

1 comment:

veron said...

I'm glad you reviewed this. Someone told me that Six Burners did not taste the way it used to be but I'm glad that it is still doing all right.