Teresa and i try to do a “date night” every month. For May, we had a couple of things to celebrate as well. My birthday was on May 2 and Mother’s Day was May 8. So we decided to wrap all three together and do dinner at Sage Restaurant in Tallahassee. We went earlier this month and I wanted to share the highlights of the meal.
Sage serves new American cuisine prepared with French technique. The dishes are rustic in presentation and the flavors are deep and rich. We enjoyed the meal we had when we visited before the pandemic when we had crab cakes and the chef’s take on shrimp and grits. The menu had some different choices this time that we decided to explore.
As we usually do, we ordered shared plates and asked our server to bring each one as a separate “course.” We started with the tempura-fried oysters. This was prepared with kimchi, sriracha aioli, and a soy-chili mignonette. It was prepared well. The sauce was spicy and made the dish.
For our middle course, we ordered the Parisienne Gnocchi. This was prepared with jumbo lump crab meat, tomatoes, and black truffle butter. We had expected this would have a bit more crab, but we did enjoy the dish.
For our main course, we ordered the fire-grilled rack of lamb. This was served with asparagus, provencal tomato and potato stew, and pistu. We also order a side of grilled broccolini which had a tonnato sauce and garlic bread crumbs. The meat was prepared well, but we didn’t think the stew complimented it as much as an alternative side might have.
We wrapped up with the dark chocolate truffle tart. This had a brown butter nut crust, pistachio creme anglaise, and vanilla whipped cream. They presented it with a candle for the birthday boy!
Thanks to the team at Sage for a good meal and a relaxed, enjoyable evening out.