So last week, while my family was out of town, I had a chance to check out a new combo gastropub/craft cocktail house in town, Rolf and Daughters. Fresh pasta, delicious meats, fantastic craft libations and beer - what's not to like?
After a long week of busting my ass, it was amazing coming here at the end of the day and winding down. I cannot recommend this joint, enough.
From my original Yelp review:
Guys guys guys... GUYYYYSSS!!!
Seriously. What the hell are you doing? And why didn't you tell me about this place before?
This place gets it right. So many other places in Nashville get it close, but not right.
A nice, quiet ambiance, soft lighting, communal or private tables. Wood everywhere.
I sat up at the bar and a gent by the name of "Matt" took care of me. I started off with a cocktail, the "Laverda", which was a delightful mix of apple brandy, Pierre Ferrand's Dry Curacao, lemon, orange bitters and pimento dram. Freaking perfect.
Being in a brandy state of mind, I hit my second cocktail with "The Jackal", which was Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac, anejo tequila, Averna, and Angostura bitters. Had a spray of citrus over the top, served in a chilled lowball rinsed with absinthe. Again, perfect balance.
Along with that libation, I opted for the snack that was pâté campangola, house mustard and pickles - and oh yes, fresh toasted sourdough slices. YOU SEE THAT ARNOLD MYINT?!? That's HOW YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO SERVE CHARCUTERIE, YOU STUPID, PRETENTIOUS, NO-TALENT HACK!
Ahem, anyway, absolutely perfect way to start things off, and for the main course, I chose the "Yorkshire pork", which was beautiful plate of slices of pork, interspersed with apple slices, a fantastic sausage at the end, over a bed of savory kraut . Orbiting was a fantastic potato dumpling. Dabbed on top were splashes of whole-grain mustard, a perfect combination. Right after my plate was served, I asked Matt for a beer, and he proffered a pilsner they had on draft - a perfect choice. I took my time with my entree and it truly was spot-on in so many ways.
Had some great conversation with Matt who is a Patterson House ex-pat, and as I wrapped it up, I asked for some coffee; he magically made a fresh cup appear in my hand. A great cup of coffee.
Called it a night, headed home, can't recommend this place enough to people after this.