I love going out to dinner and calling it “research”. That is exactly what my coworker and I did last weekend. We visited a cute little specialty cheese shop and wine bar in Alexandria’s Del Ray to check out their menu and wine list. And also to celebrate her recent move.
I’m glad we finally got a night to check out Cheesetique because it was a fantastic meal, great service, and a really pleasant atmosphere.
In the front of the restaurant there is a small specialty foods store with a large selection of cheeses. Many of the cheeses I was familiar with, but it was nice to learn some new ones. The store also sells a variety of crackers, accompaniments, and even some wine. As you head towards the back of the store you enter into a modern, trendy wine bar and small restaurant. I loved the feel and look of the bar so we decided to sit there. I liked the idea of the wine bar concept over sitting at a table.
We started with a glass of Rose Cava to kick off our meal. Personally I think every meal should start with a little bubbly.
Diane and I split 3 small plates and a dessert. It was more than enough food, but we couldn’t make a decision so we ordered what we wanted.
We started with the COPPA-CABANA which was Paper-thin Coppa topped with arugula, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of olive oil. This was a great light way to start our little food adventure.
It was a very hot night out so we both agreed on a bottle crisp white wine. Diane chose a Greek Assyrtico from Santorini which paired really well with the rest of our meal. The wine is very dry, refreshing, and had a stony, flinty, mineral quality to it which is very common in whites from that region.
Next we ordered the ARUGULA & WARM GOAT CHEESE SALAD which was Arugula, candied walnuts and pears tossed in lemon-olive oil dressing and topped with baked goat cheese. I absolutely loved the warm baked goat cheese on top, but I wanted a little more flavor in the salad. It was lacking something.
The last entree we ordered was my favorite of the night. Now that I think about it, I would really like to have it right now as I’m writing this post! We ordered the TROPICAL SHRIMP FLATBREAD which was Herb-marinated shrimp topped with diced mangoes, plums, cilantro and jalapeño for zip. I loved how the flatbread was sweet, savory, and spicy all at the same time. And the shrimp were cooked perfectly. This was delicious, and I definitely recommend it.
Since we didn’t want to end the night just yet Diane ordered their staff recommended home made key lime pie, and I ordered the dessert flight.
We had fun pairing all the different dessert wines with the pie to see which one worked best. I’m not usually a sweet person, but this key lime pie was fantastic. Not too sweet, a little tart, and definitely tasted homemade.
All in all it was a great night with great company. I really enjoyed this little wine bar and will definitely be back. Next time I want to try a cheese and charcuterie platter after seeing how beautiful and mouth watering they looked. Cheestique is also open in Arlington.