Restaurant Week is such a tease. It’s a snippet of what the restaurants typically offer on the regular menu, but often in smaller portions. However, at David Burke’s Kitchen, we got more than we expected. Huge portions. Limited menu. DELICIOUS DESSERTS.
The Pastrami Salmon was served with a side of beet pancakes – unsweetened with hardly any beet flavoring. Each part of this dish complimented each other, even though they could not stand alone. The salty salmon went well with the bland beet pancakes, which was perfect with the creme fraiche and pickled red onions. The Tomato Gazpacho was brought out in a gravy dish and poured around the mousse+shrimp in a shallow soup dish. This simple, cold, tomato soup was grainy and had a hint of spiciness after each swallow. The mousse+shrimp was a refreshing compliment alongside the soup.
PASTRAMI SALMON horseradish / mustard seed / capers
TOMATO GAZPACHO rock shrimp / lemon / yellow pepper crème fraiche
The theme seemed to be more about display and enormity than actual taste. The Kitchen Burger – the beef patty was enormous and probably close to 1 lb. The french fries weren’t actually spicy, even though it was labeled “jalapeno french fries”, but did taste like it was fried in lard instead of oil. It was a greasy, delicious mess. The cheese oozed all over the meat and was garnished with a couple of slices of thick cut bacon. The Chicken BLT was an open-faced sandwich with two pieces of tenderized chicken. There were layers of thick cut bacon piled on top of lettuce, red onions, caramelized onions, and thinly sliced tomato. The entire dish was difficult to eat and soggy/hard due to the meat/bread/veggie/olive oil combination.
KITCHEN BURGER bacon / cheddar / jalapeno french fries
CHICKEN BLT CLUB chipotle mayo / taro chips
Dessert was and will always the best part of every meal. The Apple Tart was just right. The pastry was warm, allowing the perfect pairing of vanilla ice cream and apple tart with every bite, as intended. The Chocolate Cake was absolutely perfect. We’d come back just for this. The cake was built with layers of dark chocolate ganache, peanut butter, and black cherry infused cake, with the top layer being a burnt cherry-sugar coat. This bitter taste from the burnt sugar toned down the overall sweetness of the cake. Alongside the cake were spicy peanuts and a lovely house-made black cherry gelato. Both desserts were rich, but our favorite part of the dining experience.
APPLE TART vanilla ice cream / apple cider caramel / fennel chip
Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cake with black cherry and spicy salted peanuts
Overall, we enjoyed our experience at David Burke’s Kitchen. There was a minor earthquake in progress, but the view and lovely outdoor garden seating made for the perfect lunch date experience. The service was a little slow, but good nonetheless.
Recommendation: SIT OUTDOORS if possible and order more than one dessert.