Being the geniuses that we are, we headed out to SpiritHouse, voted best whisky bar in the city, for dinner… in the midst of a giant snowstorm. I can tell you, walking there was no easy task. I also almost wiped out on the stairs going in.
Going to a whisky bar, for dinner, when you are not a big fan of whisky, might seem like an odd thing to do. However, if there is any place that might make me like whisky, this was it. It had to be. I was tempted by their special barrel-aged cocktails (whisky and other stuff, aged in a barrel) but you could tell that they were more than mildly expensive, the price was not even listed on the menu. What was on the menu was an intriguing assortment of drinks made with whisky. A safe bet for me. Although I did have a sip of Brent’s whisky. At SpirirtHouse they give you the option of ordering a sampler of three different whiskys, which is a good idea if you are at a whisky bar with such an extensive list of whiskys.
We ordered foods that contained whisky in them, in keeping with the theme. We had pork belly sandwiches with whisky BBQ sauce, duck nachos and for dessert: donuts with a caramel bourbon sauce.
Biting into the pork belly sandwich I got a giant piece of fat. And it dawned on me that, obviously that would happen. It is pork belly after all. The BBQ sauce was the best part of the sandwich really. I am not a big fan of eating just animal fat.
The duck nachos just furthered my point that duck does not go well when mixed with cheese (they are both greasy and the sweetness of duck goes against the taste of melted cheese, as seen with the duck confit pizza I did not like).
The real winner was the caramel bourbon sauce. Hell, I would have eaten it straight after my BBQ-whisky sauce dinner. SpiritHouse is great for their huge selection of whiskys (it went on for a few pages), mixed drinks in which you can still actually taste the whisky and mixing whisky into sauces.
The word whisky has temporarily lost all meaning to me, like when you repeat a word over and over…. whisky whisky whisky