I can’t believe it’s already nearly half a year since our trip back East (okay, more like South) to Durham, NC – time flies! S and I decided to have one “fancy” dinner while in Durham, since we can’t eat BBQ and fried chicken for every meal… right? (Okay, actually, we can. But still, we did plan one fine-dining meal.) The best restaurant while we were in Durham was Magnolia Grill, which sadly closed down about a year after we graduated because the owners wanted to retire. So, we made reservations for Nana’s, whose chef & owner was actually the sous-chef at Magnolia Grill for many years before opening up his own restaurant.
We were dining with a good friend of ours, W, also back at Duke for the reunion. I decided to get the tasting menu – five courses for $55 sounded like an absolute steal, especially for us coming from California. S and W each ordered a few dishes separately.
Hooray for warm, fluffy bread!
First course of the tasting menu was a foie grs torchon, which was quite rich and decadent. The house-made fig jam cut the richness perfectly, and I enjoyed the crispy toasted walnut bread.
We were intrigued by the duck prosciutto and tried it out. It was quite savory and yummy, though I think I still prefer regular prosciutto – maybe this just didn’t have enough duck fat?
Part two of the tasting menu – seared halibut. …