We celebrated our 3rd anniversary on April 23rd, and it was a perfect evening. I finally got around to making a proper sign, so we’d have something nice to hold up than a piece of printer paper. We don’t have my pretty blue wall to pose in front of anymore (sniff), so we went to our apartment complex’s office and had one of the awesome ladies there take our picture.
We tried a new (to us) restaurant in Virginia Beach. Our past two anniversaries we’ve celebrated at So! in Little Rock and had amazing dinners, so of course I stressed myself out trying to find someplace as wonderful here. After reading reviews on Open Table, Urban Spoon, Yelp and menus from all of our top contenders, I settled on Eurasia.
The restaurant didn’t look like much from the outside, but the inside was cozy and comfortable. I had mentioned that it was our anniversary when I made the reservation. They were accommodating with an intimate table and these sweet custom printed menus (I deleted our last name for privacy purposes).
We started our dinner with an order of the Chinese vegetable spring rolls. They were fantastic, and both the ponzu dipping sauce and the spicy mustard dipping sauce went with them really well. I preferred the ponzu, Graham preferred the mustard =)
When Graham asked about what beer was on tap, he learned they only had four local beers on tap. He was curious about all four, and asked if they had a sampler. They didn’t, but our waitress arranged one for him. Ask and ye shall receive…
For our entrees, I chose the beef tenderloin with asparagus risotto and smoked and roasted carrots. This was the best red meat entree I’ve ever had at any restaurant ever. When we were eating and I got to the last bite I pouted and said “it’s so good I don’t want this meal to ever end”. The meat was perfectly cooked, perfectly flavored and so tender.
Graham had the pork porterhouse with bacon braised collards and goat cheese cornbread. The collards were too sweet for my personal preference, but the pork was delicious. Also very tender, perfectly cooked and seasoned very well.
He couldn’t decide between the cornbread and a smoked gouda grit cake. So he got both. I helped eat the grit cake. It was good, but not seasoned enough. The texture was perfect though- super creamy inside, and perfectly crispy outside. This would have been perfect with a stronger flavored cheese like goat cheese instead of gouda.
We typically don’t get an appetizer and dessert, but since it was a special occasion we went for it. It seemed like every table around us was ordering dessert, and everything looked amazing. We ended up going with the carrot cake. It was delicious, but the rum soaked raisins were a nice little surprise.