|Scallop at Soleil|
Recently, as the last few streaks of sunset spread across the sky, we were treated to a blogger tasting at Soleil.
|View of Lake Travis at Soleil|
Soleil is on the lake, practically connected to The Oasis, and promises a breathtaking view with your meal.
|Watermelon Radish at Soleil|
We started off with light bites, champagne, and various other dazzling finger foods brought out on trays by excited waitstaff. It appeared that the people working there were as hyped about what we were about to eat as we were.
|Foie Gras at Soleil|
Given that I often lean vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian while my partner leans towards, well, everything – I was pleased to find that they were graciously accommodating with my dietary preferences.
|Edamame-Filled Ravioli at Soleil|
The “Amber-friendly” items turned out to be even better than my partner’s; I assume that they were, because I liked them so much. They were a little heavy on the cheese, but I wasn’t complaining.
|Fried Goat Cheese at Soleil|
I’m not usually one for fried food, but the carnivores around me swiftly descended upon my fried goat cheese dish. I was pretty distracted by all of the truly perfect wine pairings they had lined up with each course.
|Scallop at Soleil|
Everyone else got bacon on their scallops, but mine was just fine without it.
|Apples, Caramel, and Cheese at Soleil|
The dessert courses (that’s right, more than one!) were phenomenal. Most of the other bloggers at our table admitted to normally passing on dessert, but we all happily dove in again and again as the plates came out. We were apparently competing to see who could stuff themselves the most throughout the night.
Given that we were at a blogger event, it’s hard to not walk away having had the absolute greatest time, but I am hesitant to say that this event was lovely only because I was in the company of local food writers. I believe that the ambiance, view, food, service, and wonderful little touches such as the live jazz band all equaled a difficult-to-match dining experience.
In fact, almost everyone that was there has already made plans to go back. After all, the partner said it was his favorite food event we’ve ever attended to date.