On Wednesday evening, my boyfriend and I made a visit over to Easton to have a taste at their Restaurant Week.  From January 20 – January 26, patrons are invited out to try a new restaurant with multi-course lunch and dinner specials all for a fixed price.  Participating in this year’s restaurant are great places such as Sette Luna, Maxim’s 22 and Mesa, but Mike and I decided to give Valenca a try.

On a (very) chilly night, we were greeted at the door by the warmth of the restaurant and its staff- both literally and figuratively.  The fireplace in the dining room was a welcome feature on a January night, and the décor of the restaurant itself was both inviting and relaxing.  The staff at Valenca provided some of the best service that I’ve experienced in a while.  Our waitress, Kaitlin, was absolutely wonderful.  She made sure that everything we had was just as we wanted it, but without being too overbearing- a quality that’s hard to balance! At the end of our meal, she thanked us for being great customers and told us that it was only her first night serving tables on her own!

The Restaurant Week menu at Valenca features three courses:  a choice of appetizer, soup or salad, and an entrée.  Mike and I both ordered different dishes so that we could have a wider sampling of the menu.  We started off with a bottle of wine (on Wednesdays, any bottle under $100 is half price!) and then made our menu choices.  I selected the Fried goat cheese with marinated white balsamic figs and baby arugula, Crab Bisque, and Herb Crusted Tilapia with Champagne mushroom risotto and asparagus in a truffle beurre blanc. Mike chose the Spanish Meatballs, made with pork, beef and cheese with melted blue cheese in a spicy marinara sauce, the Crab Bisque, and the 6oz Steak on the Stone serve with saffron rice and fresh vegetables for his entrée.

Mike’s Steak on the Stone was delivered to him as a raw piece of meat that actually cooks itself on this super-hot stone right at your table!  It comes with a variety of spices and marinades so that you can literally prepare it just to your taste.  Everything was delicious and portioned in just the right amounts that I was full, but still saved room for some Crème Brule for dessert.

There’s still time to savor the great Restaurant Week locations, so have look at the different menus offered and make your weekend reservations today!

What are your favorite places to dine in Easton for a special night out?