Why? The Pompadour!

I love discovering hidden gems! Last night, Matthew and I were quite honestly amazed at the creative cocktails and tapas being served at The Pompadour in Fairport Harbor.

IMG_0822

The Pompadour is a cozy restaurant with equal distribution between bar and table seating, which is perfect for tapas-style meals. So, let’s start at the bar. The Pompadour takes craft cocktails seriously, with inventive original drinks and well-executed classics.

IMG_0825

Do not miss the Old Fashioned. I think my flirtation with bourbon might be turning serious.

Matthew and I worked our way through a large portion of The Pompadour’s tapas menu and I would order everything we tried again and again.

The crab cakes with pickled chayote, chipotle crema, and asparagus were delicious and meaty.

IMG_0832

The lamb chops were perfectly prepared and the chimichurri sauce had me wanting to lick the plate clean!

IMG_0830

Speaking of licking the plate, Matthew and I inhaled the braised short rib with parsnip puree and ancho chili mojo sauce before I could take a picture. It’s THAT good!

The cocoa almond-stuffed dates with sautéed Spanish chorizo and scallion were one of the stand-out items for me. These dates are the perfect balance of salty and sweet, with a nice texture balance from the almonds.

IMG_0826

Another stand-out dish was the octopus ceviche. The bright, fresh flavors of the ceviche made me think of summer, which is always a win in my book. The combination of octopus, red pepper, kiwi, and orange was incredibly delicious and inspired.

IMG_0827

Similarly, the seared tuna, served on top a salad with pears and arugula worked so well when you got a bite that incorporated all the fresh, light elements of the dish.

IMG_0831

We ended our meal with the orange flan with candied hazelnuts. I’m not usually a huge fan of flan, but the texture of this flan was light and almost whipped. Add in the crunch from the hazelnuts and you have a perfect dessert!

IMG_0834

I am so impressed with the attention to detail, creativity, and execution of the food and cocktails at The Pompadour. This restaurant could easily stand up to any downtown dining, but I love that they’re changing up and pushing the boundaries of the dining scene in Fairport Harbor instead.

I think you know by now that I don’t play into the East Side/West Side divide and will certainly travel for good food and good fun. The Pompadour is not that far of a drive and it is 100% worth it for the experience. Put it on your must-dine list!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary dinner at The Pompadour with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

jenclesig_pur

2 Responses

CLEcomments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s