Five Star in Columbus

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

I have not dined at many five star restaurants but I got lucky this birthday when my mom and dad made reservations at The Refectory in Columbus. The building was originally constructed in 1853 as a church complete with hitching posts for people's horses. Men sat in the pews on one side of the church, women were in the other. The space now serves as one of the premier restaurants in Columbus with renowned chefs and a garden on site for fresh herbs.

After we were seated, the host sent over glasses of Cava for my birthday celebration. We were excited to sip bubbly while looking over the inventive menu.

Mom, dad and I decided to go with the Patio & Bistro 3 course meal since we were there on a Wednesday night and that would allow us to pick from a list of choices prepared by the chef. I ordered the chilled melon with port wine and fresh berries as a starter.

For my second course, I ordered the slow roasted duck leg with wild herb jus. I am quite a fan of duck since it is a dark meat poultry. The temperature was perfect and the meat was tender with a delicious flavor.

Mom and I chose a bottle of wine for the table and went with a winery from Oregon that was recommended by our server. Patricia Green Cellars has a lovely 2009 Pinot Noir. It is from the Willamette Valley where I lived for two years in Lane County.

Mom and I agreed that we would order different desserts so we could try each others. I ordered the Chocolate Bread Pudding with ice cream which was served with a birthday candle. When I made a wish and blew it out dad said, "He'll be here soon." Awww. How did he know what I wished for? ;)

Thank you to mom, dad and Dannen for such a wonderful evening celebrating my birthday. I have become a "foodie" in my old age (haha) and this was quite an experience.

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