Food & Drink Critique
|Posted by Dustin Morrell on July 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM|
Date: July 11, 2015
Time: 5:15 p.m
Dining: Chef Dustin Morrell
The Chop House
At The Chop House, you can expect great service, exemplary tastes and great wine. my friedn and I came into The Chop House before our evening concert, I ordered a cocktail and he ordered a Hurricane Cocktail, (instead of it being red its was a peculiar yellow color), the taste was not at all my favorite, it was made with a sweet, sour mix which I am not sure if they forgot the grenadine or if they just tried to put their mark on the cocktail.
Appetizers where shortly ordered, we ordered the Ahi-Tuna with a pepper and coriander crust, however the Ahi, came to our table presented well but was hot which was a HUGE surprise, being the chef I am, I immediately had them remove it from our table and we ordered the Lobster and Crab Cake - Now the Lobster paired with the Blue Crab in this cake complimented all of the flavors all around, the cake was creamy and had just the right amount of ginger, and coriander. The Lobster was succulent and seared to lock in all the wonderful flavors.
Soup was served, Corey, our server recommended the Lobster Bisque, my friend ordered it, I however ordered the French Onion Soup, The Bisque I cannot comment or review as I did not try it, some how it must have been delicious because my friend inhaled it! The French Onion however was very rich, the provolone, and the beef stock with caramelized onions where cooked well, however it was not as good as some of the other soups I've had, such as the soup and meal we had at The Copper Rock, in New Buffalo, Michigan.
Dinner was presented to us by two servers, which laid the meals out at the exactly same time as the other,my friend ordered a 12 oz. Filet, and paired it with a Maine Lobster tail (which was not on the menu, however accommodated by the Chef). I ordered the Dover Sole, which came to me pan fried, deboned at the table side, this was a neat experience, the sole was not my favorite, it was finished with an Almond, white wine, and Lemon glaze, I would have infused the sauce with a herb blend or paste even to give it that extra "pop". my friend's steak was prepared well, it was not over the top for me, as again I prepare a variety of meals and I believe that the meat could have been more flavorful.
Over all our experience at The Chop House was very delightful, I would recommend it for a special occasion, anniversary, birthday or if you can afford a semi-expensive meal a perfect Date night affair. The Chop House is located at 190 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 and scores 4.3 stars out of 5 on Yelp.