Cure Review

26 Oct

Jen and I continued our mission to go to the best Pittsburgh restaurants this past week.  We decided to go to Cure in Lawrenceville.  Honestly, the only reason I hadn’t gone yet was because I really thought we’d already been there.  See, this is one of the main reasons I started this blog, so I could keep a running list of where we’ve gone and which we liked.

In this case, I wasn’t as impressed as I’d hoped to be.  Maybe it’s because I’ve gone to some truly amazing restaurants around town and when I draw comparisons these days, everything is compared to my favorite meals.

First impression was of the restaurant decor, which I really liked.  It was small and rustic looking and very cute.  When we went to order was when I had my first reservations.  There was absolutely no altering of the dish.  I get it, the chef has gone through a lot of trouble to put dishes together, but when Jen asked for something to be omitted because she doesn’t like shellfish, they said they only alter dishes for allergies.

So, we started with the brussels sprouts.  They were done with bacon, walnuts and goat cheese.  They were actually amazing.  I’ll still give credit to the brussels sprouts at Root 174 as my favorite, but these were a close second.  So the meal started out really well.

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Jen ordered the butternut squash risotto.  Here is where things got a little more off for both Jen and myself.  While the risotto itself was fantastic, it came with too much extra “stuff” in my humble opinion.  There was a basil oil, a Chianti froth, mushrooms and smoked mozzarella.  I get that each of those could compliment the dish, but were all four really needed?  I think that one or two of those things would have worked just as well.  I honestly loved how the basil oil tasted with the risotto, but the rest felt like overkill.  You can see all the stuff in the picture below (I didn’t use the flash, it would have just been embarrassing to use in a place like this).

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I ordered the hanger steak.  When I ordered I was told that it is usually prepared medium rare, but the chef would be willing to do it medium if I asked.  So basically, if you like your steak over medium, you aren’t getting it at this place.  As with this dish, I loved the steak but it came with too many little sauces.  I actually liked all of them, but it just felt like too much to me again.  There was a cheddar custard, lobster béarnaise, red eye bordelaise and caramelized onion puree.  I really did like the caramelized onion puree and I would have been happy with just two of those sauces.

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To end the night we decided to get the chocolate souffle cake. This I also really enjoyed.  It was served simply with some pistachio butter and sea salt.  I think I liked it so much because it was relatively simple.

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My overall take on Cure was that I was very glad I tried it, but it isn’t someplace that I’m likely to visit again.  Everything just was a bit too complicated for me, and I don’t normally shy away from different dishes.  Also the fact that there was little to no flexibility didn’t make me especially happy.  If you are a bit of a picky eater, you aren’t likely to be happy at this restaurant.  I’d say it is more for those with rather adventurous pallets.

 

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