On Feb 14 we headed out to beautiful Rockett's Landing for our four course meal at M Bistro. I love Rockett's Landing - it's a little area at the edge of the city overlooking the James River and is just a few minutes from our house. It's easy to get to, there's no traffic, and parking is easy.
The restaurant has a great atmosphere and big comfy chairs. Seating is tight, so be prepared for that. We came early and they placed us about 12 inches from another couple and all of the other tables were empty. We asked for a booth but those were "reserved." However, I think the restaurant's other features made up for that. That night we were even treated to live jazz musicians being there as well!
The special menu was set for the occasion with about five choices for each course. I love going to special restaurant events like this because I think it gives you an opportunity to try a little bit of everything.
First, we were offered an hors d'oeuvre; a fast bite of an artichoke cake with a pomegranate sauce.
Next up, an appetizer: Southern Spoon Bread and Bruschetta that had a sweet cornbread taste.
After that, Bistro Crab Bisque with Grilled Lobster; it was sooo creamy with perfectly tender bites of seafood.
For my entree, I chose the Bistro Crab Cake and Bacon Wrapper Sturgeon. I loved the fish - it had a texture like rockfish and was perfectly cooked. The crabcake somehow tasted like bacon, however. I couldn't really figure out why since the bacon was on the other side of the plate. But overall I liked the entree which was finished off with mashed Kennebec Potatoes, Broccoli Rabe, all topped with a foamy Lemon Emulsion.
Everything was finished off with a poached pear armagnac in puff pastry with cream and strawberries. I devoured every bite.
I loved M Bistro and Wine Bar. Though small, it is modern and has a romantic candle lit ambiance. M's wine list is adequate with a nice variety of selections by the glass and bottle, all reasonably priced. The service was fantastic - our waitress did a a great job on a night I can imagine was stressful for the staff. Finally, the food was creative, presented well, and was delicious. I can't wait to go back!