Working through a backlog of reviews…
Earlier this summer we had a chance to head to the West side to visit Fahrenheit, Rocco Whalen’s flagship restaurant. It being a beautiful afternoon in Cleveland (where beautiful afternoons are probably on the “Endangered” list), we ate out on the patio, which I highly recommend if the opportunity presents itself. Since we’re inside for so much of the year, we try to eat outside when we can. As such, I can’t speak for the interior, since I never saw it, but the pictures look nice, a modern but comfortable space.
The menu is meat-centric (though there are also a handful of vegan options), prepared in any number of different ways, and the food tends toward an Asian flair. There are also a few Fahren”lite” options for those counting calories (but what fun is that?). Pretty fun selections, and I’d probably be satisfied with just about all of the entrees.
For starters, we had a fantastic lemon and mint soup, which was actually the one that provided the impetus to recreate this soup at home. It was light and rich, but not too heavy – just what I want for a hot day.
On to the main course: S had a split chicken, roasted and served atop a Southwestern-style quinoa pilaf with sweet potato and jalapenos. I went with a seared ivory salmon with a creamy risotto and fresh peas. Both were an excellent mash-up of flavor, and prepared to perfection.
And most importantly, dessert was a luscious banana mascarpone cheesecake topped with bruleed bananas. I’m not always a huge banana dessert person, but this was just great – creamy but not overly dense, and not overpowering with the banana flavor either, which is always a risk when adding bananas to something.
The verdict: Fahrenheit earns 5 1/2 stars out of seven. Great food, good service, and prices weren’t too bad, though a little on the higher end. Tremont has a number of great restaurants to check out, and this is certainly one of them.
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