This post is not intended to be a review, but a record of my dinner on my birthday. It has come to my attention that I dined before the Grand Opening so please enjoy and consider this for what it is.
For those of you in Richmond on December 7 you saw a pretty crazy storm. The rain and wind was like a tropical storm, but that wasn’t going to stop my family and I from celebrating my birthday. We started off with drinks at Lemaire followed by dinner at Pasture. Upon first entering you notice the tall ceilings and the very modern decor. It’s simplistic, but stylish. The wood on the left and right wall that go from floor to ceiling add a warm feeling since it’s otherwise very open and spacious.
Pasture’s menu is broken down into Snacks, Cold, Hot and Desserts. Everything is intended to be shared tapas style, but you could be that person and just order for yourself.
On to what we had and some quick thoughts.
pork rillettes, quince mustard, parsley, toast 8 – very good, would get again
brussels sprouts, winter squash, preserved lemon, pecan 6 – personally not my thing, but vegetarians will love it.
braised pork belly, apple/turnip puree, black vinegar 11 – so good, get it
fingerling potatoes, apples, pearl onions 5. add duck fat 1 – good, worth a try
braised beef brisket, grits, turnips 13 – wanted more, get it
fried barcat oysters, celery root slaw 10 – we got three orders, use their home made bbq sauce
olde salt clams, cabbage, bacon, butter, lemon 12 – good flavors, go for it
lamb sausage, navy beans, basil 12 – nice dish, but not at the top of the list
fried chicken, potato salad 11 – honey style sauce went very well, potato salad was great
7-up cake, vanilla bean, cherries 7 – mixed review, a few liked it including me. definitely worth trying
candy bar, hazelnut crunch, nutella, chocolate 7 –when it comes out you will say $7 for that, but trust me it’s enough. Super rich and very good
‘rice grits’ pudding, roasted pineapple, passion fruit, vanilla bean 7 – very tasty, I would get it again
I would say we had a fairly broad sampling of the menu (12 of 32 items) and the flavors and creativity were excellent. My top three dishes were the braised pork belly, braised beef brisket and the fried chicken. For those of you looking to try a new restaurant add this to your list.
Jason is no stranger to taking risks with a restaurant location and I am a fan of modern design and not playing it totally safe so I hope Richmond accepts his newest endeavor and makes it as successful as Comfort has become.
Congratulations Jason and the team at Pasture.