Back in September I found an amazing online coupon offer: a $100 gift certificate to Chef Mavro restaurant for $50! I bought it immediately with "our Christmas dinner" in mind. Since Bryce and I don't spend Christmas together we usually go out to a fancy dinner before we part for the holidays. I didn't know too much about Chef Mavro, although I knew I
wanted needed to go there!
After some research I found out a few things:
- Chef Mavro is Greek and "Mavro" is short for Mavrothalassitis!
- The cuisine is French inspired with lots of (Hawaii) local influences and ingredients
- The menu changes quarterly and is prix fixe, beginning with 3 courses
- Finally, $100 won't go very far!
I was a little nervous because the restaurant was so fancy and we were clearly the youngest people there, but once we got settled in I was so excited and happy! Since the wine pairings would have set us back another $100 and nobody agreed to pay for that we each ordered just one drink - I had chardonnay and Bryce had a rum and coke.
We'd already decided what we wanted to order long before we arrived but we pretended to look at the menu for a while, then told one of our many helpful hands/waiters/men with water refills what we wanted - the 4 course menu, mine as-is and Bryce's with lamb instead of pork.
First came the soup, which I hadn't expected because it's not on the menu, but it was a welcome surprise! I don't know exactly what was in it, definitely apples, then spiced carrots and almonds on top. Very good!
Course 2: DAY BOAT CATCH BOURRIDE "MODERNE" medallion (ours was red snapper, although the table next to us got something else with a larger course menu) poached in bourride, leek and onion étuvée, aïoli sabayon
To cleanse our palates we had these fancy little honeydew melon and mint gelatin things. They were so refreshing :) The best Jell-O you've ever had.
More dessert? Tiny macaroons with green tea filling, a super dark chocolate bite (left), and a salted caramel! Tiny, cute, and so yummy.
I was thrilled to meet and get a photo with Chef Mavro! I even spoke Greek to him - yassou - which means hello, is the only word I know. He was excited to hear it and it was a great conversation starter, even though I don't actually speak Greek, but he doesn't either so it was funny! He was very nice and if we can ever afford to go back to his wonderful establishment we certainly will!
Happy and full after our fantastic dinner, Merry Christmas!