J and I don’t eat out very often. Besides the fact that we just love home-cooked dinners, eating out is way too expensive. I am aware that eating out in the US is much, much more common than in Europe (and therefore overall also cheaper). In the US, you go out to eat for food’s sake, in Europe, you go out to eat for special occasions or to socialize with friends.
We used to eat out maybe 1-2 times a week, but we have radically cut back on that. Not only because eating at home is cheaper and healthier, but also because we both value quality (of food) over quantity.
We hadn’t eaten out since J’s birthday, which was three weeks ago, and last night we decided to try a new restaurant that was recommended to us.
“Formoli’s Bistro” is a small restaurant in East Sacramento. It has a very European feel to it, which I greatly appreciated, and the food was absolutely delicious.
For a start, we were served fresh bread with olive oil and vinegar. Then we decided on an appetizer; a huge plate of steaming clams in a white wine – cream sauce.
Holy canoli, I don’t think I’ve ever had clams that good!
As an entree, I went for the “pan seared petite filet on heirloom tomatoes and rosemary fingerling potatoes” and it was absolutely divine! I’ve rarely had such a perfectly (medium-rare) cooked filet, which simply melted in my mouth. Yum!
J tried the widely-acclaimed “pepper encrusted burger with a whiskey demi glace, habanero aioli and mixed greens on a ciabatta bun”. I had a bite and it was also absolutely delicious!
I think this bistro could become one of our eat-out hot spots, not only, but also because of the fact that each month the Chef reinvents the menu to create fresh ideas with seasonal relevance. I can only imagine what the highlights of the December menu will look like!
The dinner wasn’t exactly cheap, but as aforementioned, quality definitely beats quantity and I’d rather spend money on a really good dinner once a month, than on eating out at mediocre restaurants every week.