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