The last couple of months David and I have tried to make it a point to go on a date night at least once a month. We only try to go out somewhere nice once a month due to work schedules and budget restrictions.
See, I even got “dolled” up for the occasion(i.e. straightened my hair, put on make up, wore something non-yoga pants…).
This month we tried Ad-Lib Geocafe. My friends who have been there raved about the food. I would have missed it completely if we drove by it because there’s no sign on the restaurant but there is a smallish sign by the road.
At Ad-Lib Geocafe there is an option to have a 4 course tasting menu for $40. That means the chef will choose what you will eat for an appetizer, soup/salad course, main course and dessert. You can also chose to have the wine paired for you for $20. When you walk in the the restaurant you get the feel of a small mom and pop restaurant. The table we were seated at looked like it had seen better days. The waitress we had was very quiet (even to my standards) that it was hard to hear over the music coming from the open kitchen. We were seated right across from our food being cooked so it was fun to see what was coming next as they prepared it.
For the appetizer we got Snails and Octopus. I was a little apprehensive to try the octopus but was surprised that it wasn’t at tough as I’m normally used to. The snails were cooked in lime and mushrooms among other things that made my mouth very happy!
For the Salad and Soup course we had a Kale with a blueberry dressing, poulot and some sort of cheese and meat that I can’t remember thanks to the $20 wine tasting. I’m a light weight. The soup was the most delicious lobster bisque I’ve ever had.
I forgot to take a picture of the main dish but we had lamb and prawns. It was my first time having lamb. I wasn’t a big fan of it. It wasn’t the way it was prepared, I probably won’t like it if I tried it again somewhere else. Lamb has a very different taste than cows meat. It kind of tastes like the blood wasn’t drained from the meat properly. Anyway… the prawns were delicious. If David and I weren’t splitting the meal I would have liked it all for myself.
The desert was a chocolate cake with espresso pop rocks and mango panna cotta. I couldn’t believe that there were espresso pop rocks on top of the cake. I never liked pop rocks growing up but this was divine. Both deserts were so good it was hard to share!
All in all I give Ad-Lib Geocafe 3 out of 3 stars for food, 2 out of 3 stars for service and 2 out of 3 stars for ambience and an overall 3 out of 3 stars. There is no doubt that we will be saving up to come back for more soon!