Friday, December 30, 2011

The Green Room: Stillwater, MN

The Green Room
215 Main Street South
Stillwater, MN 55082


How Did We Find This Place?
On a whim quite honestly.  We were walking downtown and decided to step into the restaurant since it appeared to have enough variety for a group of six people from around the country.
What Makes This Place Unique?
It's got a little bit of everything from a chef that appears he's been a little bit of everywhere.  From Northern Minnesota to Minneapolis to the Caribbean and back!  His culinary specialties are across the board as well with backgrounds in Italian, Indi-Latin fusion, American and I have to assume a bit of Caribbean.  
In addition to that I loved the interior.  While it's a narrow dining room and bar area the interior is brick-exposed and keeps it simple and clean.  And with a backdrop of Stillwater, why would you need anything more complex?
What's on the Menu?
They have a global variety focusing on wonderful dishes from Italy, India and Minnesota.  Some of the ones that stood out to me included: Brie and Pear Stuffed Chicken Breast (Candied Pecans and Raspberry Aruula Salad, Port Wine Sauce), Manchengo Almond Walleye (Covered with Manchengo and Almonds and Oven Roasted. Served with a Fresh Thyme Compote) and Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Stuffed Shells (Fresh Tomato Sauce, Saffron, Basil, Ricotta and Seafood Stuffing).  
What Did We Have?
Well, we had a few different dishes as follow.  SIDERANT: Also, I apologize for the screwed up font.  I was having major issues with these photos that I had saved a long time ago and couldn't go back to the originals!  

The Green Room's House Bread and Herbed Butter (Comes With Meal) 
The Green Room's Classic Caesar Salad ($4)
The Green Room's Indian Seafood Congee: Mussels, Shrimp, Scallops and Seasonal Seafood with Rice and Vegetables in a rich Vegetable Ginger Stock ($28)
The Green Room's Summer Baked Penne: Asparagus, Tomato, Artichokes, Roasted Artichokes, Roasted Red Peppers, Portabellas and Spinach with a Lemon Garlic Sauce Topped with Pecorino Romano ($17)
The Green Room's Manchengo Almond Walleye: Walleye covered with Manchengo and Almonds and Oven Roasted.  Served with Mashed Potatoes, Garden Fresh Vegetables and a Fresh Thyme Compote ($25)
Would We Go Again?
Yes.  While the Summer Baked Penne was less than impressive and actually quite runny, the Manchengo Almond Walleye was one of the best walleye dishes that I've ever had and the sage sauce was a PERFECT compliment to the dish; it really pulled the whole thing together.  AH-mazing. 

The Caesar salad was also extremely fresh and you could really tell that they take pride in what they are putting on your table based on the details that I saw that day (ie: the actual sardine in the Caesar salad!).

All and all, would go again and would order whatever is local and fresh within the season.

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1 comment:

  1. I guess I never thought of Stillwater having "fresh local seafood" but it totally makes sense. Sounds delicious!