We’re constantly looking for new restaurants to try so when the fine folks at Apropoe’s invited us to sample their new menu, we jumped at the opportunity. Located in the Marriott in Harbor East, they specialize in American comfort food along with a handful of local Maryland favorites like crabcakes. The menu was crafted by executive chef Carlos Gomez, a world-renowned chef who’s cooked for guests all over the globe.
To start, executive sous chef Kiran Patnam sent out a beautiful salad that contained baby lettuce, sunflower sprouts, goat cheese, homemade pickled red onions, radishes, and kalamata olives. The ingredients complemented each other beautifully, and they got major props for growing the aforementioned sprouts here themselves!
Our meal started off with a bang with their Cauliflower Ravioli – it came with roasted eggplant, caramelized onion, and tomato coulis and was definitely one of our favorites. The dish was TO DIE FOR good. Who the hell knew cauliflower could be so tasty? The texture was perfection – just the right amount of chewy – and the filling was yumtastic.
Next up, perfectly seasoned lamb with pea risotto in a mint parsley pesto sauce. The lamb was tender and super juicy, and the accompanying sauce was heavenly! The risotto was flavorful and cooked all dente (as it should be, mushy risotto is the WORST).
Main course 3 was chicken served with grilled asparagus, roasted garlic mash, and caramelized onion puree. This was our least fave dish of the meal, but it was still tasty. Unfortunately, the chicken was a bit dry, but the flavors were definitely on point.
Andddd last but not least, pan seared branzino seabass served with spring vegetable hash and artichokes in a lemon mustard sauce. The fish was seared beautifully, and the dish tasted as exquisite as it looked. For all you seafood lovers out there, they also serve roasted atlantic salmon and jumbo lump crab cakes so definitely give those entrees a shot.
To finish the meal off, Chef Patnam brought us (an extremely moist) pineapple upside down cake (pictured below). If you’re a fan of fruity desserts, you’ll love this nom because it’s just the right amount of sweet, but the REAL star was the bitter sweet chocolate torte. We don’t have any shots of it for you guys, but it was literally one of the best things we’ve ever tasted. You’ll just have to take our word for it!
Until next time, fellow nomsters…