Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Have a Delicious Evening at Accanto

Okay all of you living in the Far West End/Short Pump area - Listen up! Accanto is nestled amongst you and it is very good.

Accanto is connected to Little Venice and located on Ridgefield Parkway. It was tough for us to find, but all of you locals out there should be able to zero in on the location very quickly.

When you walk in, the space looks like a bar. Well, it is a bar, with contemporary black bar stools and furniture. A full complement of cocktails can be mixed. A decent wine list is available.

Accanto Bar

But the best thing about Accanto is the chef - Ryan Baldwin. Ryan used to delight my taste buds at Tastebuds American Bistro. He decided to try a new venture and landed at Accanto to showcase his considerable talent. His menu is creative and inventive.

I'll let a few pictures entice you.

Guajillo Duck Confit Tacos with radish, pear-jicama-tomatillo salsa, crema, queso fresco, plantain chips

Duck Confit Tacos
I'm always a sucker for duck. This was very good. I loved the plantain chips as well as the pear-based salsa. 
Ginger Pork Barbeque Spring Rolls with cucumber-cilantro dipping coulis, daikon, and mango

Pork Spring Rolls
Crispy roll, but not oily. The pork had a lovely smoky flavor.
Braised Pork Belly Sliders with Scotch Bonnet Goat Cheese

Pork Belly Sliders
This dish came with three HUGE sliders. The pork belly was oh-so-tender. The goat cheese was not scorching hot. I ate one and took the other two home to make tasty leftovers.
with Grilled Pineapple Jicama Napa Slaw

Pineapply Jicama and Napa Slaw
This was such an incredible slaw/salad. Perfect for summer time dining. A bit of sweet, a bit of crunch, many mouthfuls of delight.
Curry Salmon with Marcona Almonds

Curry Salmon
Hubby is usually a sucker for salmon. Very satisfying for him.
Lavender Creme Brulee

Lavender Creme Brulee
We both marveled at the floral tones and we were very pleased with the presentation.
Yummy, yummy.

Of course, we wish Ryan were closer to our home, but Accanto is worth visiting. Ryan is a talented young chef and can conjure up dining magic. If you live nearby and you are pining for delicious creativity, you must go! At last you will not have to venture into the city proper (and the tax is only 5%!).

1 comment:

Joyce said...

Hands down, the best chef in town!