I was invited along to Restaurant Fiume in Washington recently with some other North East bloggers to sample their delights. And what a delight it was! I returned stuffed, happy and needing a little snooze.
Here was my date for the evening, it’s fair to say he didn’t need much persuading with the promise of belly pork and cocktails.
We arrived around 5:30pm so just in time for the early dinner special menu. They had loads of variety of food there and lots of seasonal specials on the blackboard. We would have usually ordered off the special menu but fancied treating ourselves.
First, some drinks! I was designated driver as it was a school night (and I’m getting old). I started off with a non-alcoholic apple mojito which was really refreshing. It didn’t even feel like I was missing out with the alcohol.
The old man was a little more adventurous with a cookie monster cocktail. I’d heard about these via a friend so pretty much forced him to order it. This had chocolate syrup, vanilla vodka, Baileys and cream! I had a little sip and it was lovely and not too heavy.
Next a starter, old man had a bruschetta with salami and ham, and I had calamari. I went full on seafood as it’s something I never have at home. It was lovely and fresh and worked perfectly with the garlic and lemon mayo – yum!
After the starter we had some more cocktails. Pete had a very manly Appletini (salted caramel, apple liquor, apple pie syrup and apple juice) and I had a non-alcoholic blueberry daiquiri (blueberry puree, rum, lime juice and blueberry syrup). He discovered it was his new favourite drink and now we’re off shopping to get some cocktail glasses at the weekend.
For the main I wanted to try something a little different. Seafood again, and the dish called Maltese was more of a fusion. It sounded more like a curry than a pasta dish so I was eager to try it. Turns out it was delicious and I finished it all!
Pete had a belly pork dish with lots of stuffing and a roasted apple. We never eat pork at home so it was his idea of heaven too!
This was Pete’s closing cocktail. Probably a good thing as that was number 3! It was a Tropical Caprinha with Sagatibe Pura, Midori, passion fruit, pineapple juice and fresh lime. I had a sip and it was lush!
Now onto the dessert. Who could believe we could eat and drink this much in one sitting – but my goodness we managed. I went for an orange flavoured Créme Brulee and Pete went for the Baileys cheesecake. Very delicious and we almost finished it! Last but by no means least, we were brought a surprise shot, and I think it was called a jammy donut shot. There was sugar round the rim, cream on top, and raspberry Chambord underneath. It was lovely and very sweet for a shot.
Overall it was a great evening with a really relaxed atmosphere. Not too busy or rowdy which is nice. Thanks to all at Fiume for making our visit very enjoyable, we will be back to visit with the whole family soon!