Long time no talk! It’s been a busy spring for us – Nathan is wrapping up his surgery block and I am settling into my NEW job! A lot has changed in the last few months, but suffice to say I am happier in my new role than ever before. Each day has been something exciting and new, including this past Monday when we went out to celebrate my supervisor’s birthday.
All six of us in the marketing department went out to celebrate at a place that I’ve been dying to try: Milktooth. I’ve heard so many good things about it (and it’s won several national awards, putting Indy on the culinary map!), and it did not disappoint!
The restaurant is on Mass Ave in a converted garage, so it’s got a really cool vibe and open-air feel. The weather was ideal, so they had a couple of the old doors raised up and a nice breeze blowing through. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and people watching – almost as much as I enjoyed the food!
The coolest part of the outing? We got to do a “chef’s table” – five courses of the chef’s creations that aren’t even on the menu. I asked if this tasting option was usually available (in case I could come back with Nathan to do it again) and apparently they don’t usually do this…so I felt very privileged!
Pork rinds with egg, sour cream, caviar, avocado puree and an oyster.
As I told Nathan, I had never even tried 80% of the things on this plate (oysters, pork rinds, caviar) but I figured this was the place to try it all! And it. was. delicious. That avocado puree was heavenly, and the eggs were scrambled perfectly – so soft and pillowy! They earned my trust from the start with this dish. The chef clearly knows what he’s doing and I loved his creative combinations!
Scallop tartare in seviche with wonton crisps
Scallops are a favorite of mine, but I’d never had them prepared this way, and I’d never had seviche. This dish was outstanding, though! Insanely fresh and such high quality. One coworker said “it tastes like summer” and he couldn’t have been more right. Light, refreshing, and delicious!
Seared salmon with purple potatoes, mushrooms, and ramp puree
I learned ramp is a type of onion and that it makes DELICIOUS puree with salmon 🙂 The purple potatoes were also amazing and everything was cooked perfectly. The flavors of it all complemented each other so well that each bite was a perfect combination. The salmon was crisp on the outside but tender on the inside. I haven’t had salmon this good since our rehearsal dinner before our wedding!
Venison with harissa sweet potato puree and Brussels sprouts
We were all dying over this dish. Who would’ve thought venison could be this melt-in-your-mouth? This plate definitely had some kick to it too – a nice spice in the puree that really amped things up. I was filling up at this point but couldn’t resist finishing my plate. They executed everything to perfection and I cannot believe the creativity that goes into these dishes.
Chocolate ginger cake with slivered almonds, ginger ice cream, and rhubarb puree
Now here’s where you know you’ve won me over – I really do NOT like ginger, but by the time they brought out our final course, I knew that I could trust this chef. Apparently, I DO like ginger when it’s done right! The cake was the perfect rich chocolate with hint of ginger (loved the crisp sugariness on the outside), and the mild ginger ice cream went with it perfectly. I also loved the freshness of the rhubarb and the crunch of the almonds. Getting every component in one bite was killer!
The hardest part was coming back to the office and not rolling home for a nap, but man, what a Monday! I honestly don’t think I could choose a favorite course if I tried. They were all so good in their own way, and the flow of each dish from one to the next was excellent, like a work of art. And yes, that makes this chef an artist. Seriously – from the plating, to the flavor combinations, to the inventiveness of each dish…he’s a genius. No wonder Milktooth is so popular!
This is the first birthday celebration I’ve experienced since being here, and I’m glad there’ll be more where this came from! Now I get to check Milktooth off of my Indy bucket list, too. Looking forward to exploring more downtown and finding more gems like this!