Sidney Street Cafe
I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Sidney Street Cafe, and it totally lives up to the hype. This was probably one of the best meals I’ve had in St. Louis, and this place definitely makes my top five list of best places in this city. The ambiance is relaxed, cozy and romantic and the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable (the waiter we had has been there for 11 years!), and recently the chef even went ‘ultralocal’ and planted a culinary vegetable garden next to the parking lot that provides the restaurant with seasonal veggies and herbs, and which he shares with neighboring Niche.
So one thing that is done differently at Sidney Street is the menu…it’s written out on a chalkboard but without any descriptions. Instead, the waiter recites the entire thing at the table for you. While this is a cool idea, I was really glad we looked over the online menu before we went because just hearing it once would have been way too overwhelming. Trying to remember everything that was described to us made making the decision a bit harder and I def recommend taking a look at at home. We started off the meal with some unquestionably tasty and pillowy beignets. While I usually avoid the bread that comes to the table so I don’t fill up before actually trying the real food, these are so different and so worth it.
We started out with the Foie Gras and the Veal Dumplings. The Foie Gras was creamy and went so well with the grilled peach it was served with (and yes we are obviously against animal cruelty and wouldn’t eat this on a regular basis….but it was Ben’s birthday and being the foodie he is wanted to try this for the first time). The veal dumplings were also great because of the sauce they came in…it tasted like a tomato red pepper sauce and was just so packed full of flavor it was impossible not to love it.
Each meal comes with a soup or salad. I chose to have the watermelon gazpacho with shrimp. The soup was perfectly chilled and was very refreshing and enjoyable. If I had to complain about something I would say it seemed a bit watery and there wasn’t much shrimp, but I’ve also never tried to make this myself so I wasn’t sure of the consistency that I was expecting…it definitely wasn’t as thick as a real gazpacho. The heirloom salad was very simple which really let the fresh heirloom tomatoes shine. I loved this salad so much I was up early the next morning buying heirloom tomatoes at the farmers marked to make my own version of it (without Arugula!)
We were told that the most popular dishes here are the Bernaise and Wasabi Filets. While we were very tempted, we wanted to try something a bit more intricate than a steak. We decided on the Tuscan Sea Bass that came on top of a flavorful tomato puree type sauce topped with shaved fennel and served with gnocchi. This was prepared exquisitely and just melted in your mouth. The Missouri lamb trio was also good, but we wished there was more of the lamb chop meat than the lamb cassoulet. Next time I would be tempted to get the sea bass again, but also dying to try the Wasabi filet.
The birthday boy was surprised by the amazing turtle brownie and we enjoyed every last bite of it. Of course a brownie isn’t the most creative dessert, but it was sure to not dissapoint!
Overall we loved Sidney Street!! I so cannot wait to find another excuse to come back here.