Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dinner in Girdwood

After brunch in Anchorage, we jumped onto the Seward Highway toward Girdwood for our first night's stay. We stayed at the luxurious Hotel Alyeska, which I highly recommend. It's situated "in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views."

We worked up an appetite after a five mile hike behind the resort to reach the hand tram.

For dinner, we drove to Jack Sprat, where the chef's resume includes such high profile restaurants like the French Laundry.

For starters, we couldn't resist their highly acclaimed yam fries. I couldn't believe the size of each fry! They were as big as a biscotti! The fries had a delicate coating rich in garlicky flavor, which was cut by the jalapeno arugula aioli. 
We added a salad of roasted beets, bruleed goat cheese, and toasted walnuts with orange citronette over mixed greens to make us feel less indulgent about our yam fries. The ratio of ingredients was just right.

Pan seared halibut served over smoked paprika polenta, roasted broccolini, and roasted tomato and oregano vinaigrette.

Aaron opted for the evening special: King Salmon with king crab meat, baby bok choy, roasted potatoes in a lemon grass & crab meat cream sauce. He proclaimed it one of the best things he's ever eaten. I could see why after I stole a few bites off his plate. The sauce was light and flavorful in support of the gorgeously fresh salmon and crab meat.
While in Alaska, you feel compelled to support the local fishing industry, and so the obvious choice for me was the pan roasted halibut with roasted tomato & oregano vinaigrette over smoked paprika polenta and broccolini. 

We were so spoiled with fresh, local seafood, I really don't know how we will ever eat so well when we return to Chicago.

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