My Fantasy Restaurant: “Meat, Fat and Bones”

Braised Lamb Shank

If you’ve read my Bio, you will know that I was a chef for 17 years before I gave it up to be a stay at home dad…well that’s the excuse, but really I had had enough of the whole game anyways – huge stress, horrible hours, blah blah blah!!!

However, since going paleo, I have started to entertain the notion of opening my own restaurant geared primarilly towards the paleo crowd. Now, while where I live {Ajax, Ontario, Cannada} is not the best place to be opening a niche restaurant, I still can’t help mentally designing the menu, planning the layout and finding suitable locations for this lovely fantasy.

There is a great old bank that moved to a newer location and left the shell for a fantastic spot…with ample parking no-less. I can just see the wine cellar housed within the old bank vault, candle like lighting within a dark wood paneled surrounding.

The menu would of course be as local and seasonal as our “fair” climate allows…Meat would not be an issue, but good local produce in the deep winter months would certainly be hard to come by. There is only so much one can do with winter root vegetables to keep your cutomers coming back.

The Fantasy Menu

Appetizers:

  1. Baby Greens Salad w/ raw aged apple cider vinegar and avocado oil dressing
  2. Our Caesar Salad w/ baconnaise dressing and crunchy spiced peppitas
  3. Pork Rinds
  4. Black Pepper Pork Ribblets
  5. Long Cut Roasted Marrow Bones
  6. Grilled Sardines
  7. Grilled Boned Quail
  8. Caribbean Fish Cakes w/ spicy apricot sauce
  9. Mixed Meat in Tomato Aspic
  10. Ask your server about a daily made soup

Mains:

  1. Osso Bucco w/squash and cauliflower mash and sauted kale
  2. Roasted Lamb Shank w/ mixed local vegetable confit
  3. Pastured Chicken Supreme w/ roasted squash and mixed mushrooms
  4. Grass Fed and Finished Rib-eye Steak w/roasted garlic and sauted sesame broccolini
  5. Pan Seared Pork Loin w/ yam chips and nut infused goat cheese
  6. House Made Sausage du Jour w/ sour kraut, fried onions and coconut cream
  7. Ask your waiter for the Seafood selection

Dessets?:

  1. Flourless Chocolate Cake
  2. Coconut Berry Ice Cream
  3. Apple “Crumble”
  4. Coconut Chocolate and Nut Balls
  5. Mixed Exotic Fruits Plate for 2
  6. Coconut Espresso Pudding

Would you come? Let me know what you think?

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  • http://evolvify.com Andrew

    In a word… Hellzyeah. Though after I shared this on Twitter, someone asked me where the cocktail menu was. Granted, alcohol is about as neolithic as you can get, but I like to ignore that particular fact.

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  • Ellen

    This sounds delightful. I fantasize about just such a restaurant. mmmmmmm quail….

  • Joan

    Absolutely! Sounds like a great menu. Many items I could actually eat!

  • Heather

    I would definitely make any place sporting such a menu one of my favorites (I’m not going to lie, you won me over with the lamb).

    A place like that would be amazing in NorCal or other areas where fitness is the focus and the Paleo is the path. Set yourself up next to a Crossfit Gym and design a few after-workout options and you could really make this dream come alive.

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  • http://brute-ish.blogspot.com/ Sid

    Damn, that menu looks incredible. Feel free to come and open up in Ottawa. Right now my favourite place to eat quasi-Paleo is: http://www.murraystreet.ca/

    • My Paleo Life

      I grew up in Ottawa, but have lived in the Toronto area for almost 2 decades now. We go back at least 5 times a year for family. I even lived down in the “Market” area in my younger years. You can bet the next time I’m in Ottawa, I am so going Murray Street…

  • Marcy

    Maybe you could get in touch with some chefs in Portland, OR. We are over-run with vegetarians. Our local ‘Paleo Diner,’ Dick’s Kitchen, put bread on my burger bowl and we have been back 4 times because they’re the only game in town. We need you!

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