Restaurant Review: Kindred

Kindred has been getting a lot of press lately. It has been listed on Charlotte Magazine’s list of the 50 Best Restaurants in Charlotte, listed on Bon Appetit’s list of America’s Best New Restaurants, and this article from the local Charlotte paper claims it will be the first Charlotte area restaurant to win a James Beard Award.

Needless to say, I was very, very eager to try Kindred out on one of our recent trips home.

The space itself is beautiful. It’s located in a historic building in beautiful Davidson, NC. The restaurant has three levels, has gorgeous light fixtures, beautiful wood, marble tabletops, exposed brick walls, gleaming white subway tile, and lots of large windows.

We were seated at a table upstairs, and started scanning the menu. The cocktail list was intimidating, like the list at Saint Germain, so I ended up just having a glass of wine. I loved that the menu included an option to buy a round of beer for the guys in the kitchen.

Our server was friendly & helpful. He went over the menu, and made his recommendations. He came back with our drinks, & the milk bread.

2015-12-26 19.59.35The milk bread was fantastic. Soft, warm, and salty. It tasted like a warm, super soft pretzel, and I would have preferred not to have had to share this with Graham.

For our dinner, we went with four items from their menu: the duck fat potatoes & aioli, the NC mountain trout with herbs, radish, and sauce gribiche, the fried oysters with dill yogurt and Calabrian chile oil, and gnocchi with blue crab, citrus, crème fraîche, & chives.

2015-12-26 20.39.58-2Everything we had was fantastic. The oysters were perfect. They were crispy. and substantial. The trout was amazing, and the sauce it was served with was the perfect accompaniment. The potatoes were crispy, & delicious, with lots of extra flavor from being cooked in duck fat. But the star of this dinner was the gnocchi.

2015-12-26 20.40.23-1The dish was beautiful, and so, so delicious. The gnocchi were perfect, fluffy pillows of deliciousness, and all of the flavors tied together so well. There was a hint of citrus, nothing overwhelming (thankfully, since G isn’t a huge fan of lemon). The crab was perfect. The crème fraîche was perfect. I was expecting it to be heavier, but this dish was light, incredibly flavorful, and delicious.

We were full after dinner, but I was adamant that we order dessert. 2015-12-26 21.13.09-1We went with the roasted apple galette, buttermilk ice cream, milk jam, and thyme. We DEVOURED this. It was so, so good. If we had been eating this at home, I probably would have licked the plate.

If you’re in the Charlotte area, I highly recommend making a dinner reservation ASAP. The service was excellent, and the food was perfect. It was a wonderful meal, and I can’t wait for the next opportunity to visit again.

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