A few weeks ago, I went to Tin Angel to meet a friend for drinks, I saw the menu and decided that I definitely needed to go back and try the food. I give big kudos to the person that wrote their menu because for some reason, reading everything on there made me very hungry. I had the chance to go back this past week and test it out. Tin Angel is located in the West End, pretty close to the Vandy campus. I think it has a really charming atmosphere and I loved the old world look on the inside. It is definitely a nice, date night, restaurant. I know parking is not always easy downtown, but they actually had valet (this was a Friday night) for those of you who are parallel parking impaired like I am.
To start, we ordered some drinks and appetizers. They have a really nice wine list and sometimes they do special wine flights so you can try different types that they are featuring. I had a glass of Pinot Noir, it was around $8.00 which I personally don’t think is too bad for the amount that they poured. I do think they were quite pricey for their half bottles (some where around $25), but I guess it all depends on what you like and how much you plan on drinking. For an appetizer, I ordered the Caprese Salad and I asked them to add some pickled red onions, which they had no problem doing. (They are really tasty, if you think it sounds weird, give it a try sometime) Admittedly, it looked so good when I finally got it, that I forgot to take a picture before I started eating.
I would have to say that the only strange thing I noticed was our waitress, she was friendly, but didn’t really take the time to explain the menu or ask if we needed suggestions. She really just flew by, took our order and left. When it is my first time at a restaurant I enjoy when the staff is personable and takes some time to introduce themselves and have a little conversation. Usually, I will even ask what their favorite item on the menu is, but she did not really give us an opening to talk or ask any questions.
Let’s talk entree. The last time I was there I saw the Shrimp and Lobster Risotto on the menu and it sounded amazing so I had to try it. When it came to the table, it was not exactly what I was expecting. When I picture a risotto dish, I see it all mixed together with a lot a seasonings and flavors. This was much more separated, which you can see in the picture. I would say there were more tomatoes than anything else which made me feel that the dish was quite pricey for the portion. It was tasty and very filling, but mostly because of the risotto and less because of the fish. A quarter of the plate was loaded with fresh spinach. I couldn’t tell if it was supposed to be garnish for color on the plate or if it was supposed to be mixed in. I would have rather it been cooked into the dish rather than be on the side. I enjoyed the dish, but I probably wouldn’t order it again for the price verses the portion.
On to the best part of the meal, dessert! We both ate the chocolate and caramel indulgence. YUM! This is by far one of my favorite desserts. It has a chocolate cake in the center with salted caramel ice cream on top. That little chip thing on the side tastes like a churro to me. You will have to go there to try it because it is hard to describe how good this dish is. I really enjoyed this warm and sweet dessert.
Wrap up (out of 5):
Atmosphere: 5 (really cute inside and a nice place to take someone on a date)
Price: 3 (pricey for the portions)
Service: 4 (friendly, but did not make a lasting impression)
Food: 4 (tasty and fresh)
Overall: 4 (really good atmosphere, but pricey for the food portions)
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy your PurdueEats,