Last week I had my holiday luncheon for work. It really is the highlight of the year as we venture out to the City and have a great meal. Every year we are fortunate and get to go somewhere really nice. This is actually the third year we have gone to Epic Roasthouse, probably because the food is always excellent and the location along the Embarcadero is beautiful.
The luncheon started with wine or cocktails and some lovely passed hors d’oeuvres. It gives us time to mingle and celebrate with everyone in our department.
For the first course, we had a choice of Butternut Squash Tortellini or the Gathered Greens. I split the appetizer with one of my colleagues so that we could experience both. The tortellini came with cauliflower purée, maitake mushrooms, and a brown butter sauce. This was really amazing. It was a mouthful of deliciousness. Did I really agree to share?
The greens were topped with grilled grapes, sunflower seeds, and a white cheese and champagne vinaigrette. It was a simple salad and paled in comparison to the tortellini. I was actually glad to have half the salad so that I could lighten up my meal.
The choice of second courses were beef, fish, or vegetarian. I couldn’t share the beef with my colleague because she likes her beef well done and I don’t. My Grilled Filet of Beef came prepared close to rare as requested with potato wedges and broccoli rabe. It was a solid dish.
My coworker who was sitting on the other side of me ordered the Wild Striped Bass with butterball potatoes, caramelized onions, basil pesto, and chorizo. I had a small taste of her fish which melted in my mouth. It was moist and buttery and made me think I made the wrong choice for appetizer.
No one at my table ordered the Winter Vegetable Medley which came with roasted acorn squash, wild mushrooms, baby carrots, and beet greens. I’m sure the vegetarians would have enjoyed that nice variety. It definitely sounds like it would make for a nice side dish.
There were two choices for the dessert course so I was back to sharing. The Apple Turnover came with two turnovers so it was easy to split. It came with homemade vanilla ice cream, almonds, and caramel. The warm turnover was light and perfect and had my name all over it.
The Chocolate Pecan Tart was presented with cinnamon ice cream and a pecan tuille. This was much richer than the turnover so again I was glad to split both for better balance. If you enjoy chocolate, you might want to call this one dreamy.
Epic Roasthouse is a nice place to enjoy a great meal while spending time in the City.