When a friend from out of town came into town, he asked for recommendations on a place to go for drinks which also served good food in mid city. He had never been to Whisper Lounge (or the Grove) so we met there and embarked on our sybaritic journey.

I had the Albacore tuna tartar served with a radish salad, toasted sesame, citrus ginger dressing ($17). It was a very nice rendition of this menu staple, with a nice bite from the radish salad.

When queried, the waitress said the most popular dish on the menu was the Lamb Bolognese, made with penne pasta, braised lamb shank, spicy lamb sausage, smoked tomatoes, parmesan-reggiano ($22). One taste of this lusciously sauced dish explained why it was so popular. The infusion of meaty lamb in the smoky tomato sauce made this dish addictive.

For Eric, the Waygu Rib Eye, served with sweet potato fries, roquefort butter and roasted shallot butter ($42) was perfectly cooked and satisfied his meat and potatoes craving. He said it was on par with some of the best steaks he has eaten, and he shared the generous serving of excellent fries with the table, or we might have had to do battle with our knives.

After all the excellent food, we somehow managed to find room for dessert. Since dessert must include chocolate for some people, we also ordered the caramel coconut chocolate tart, made with house made macadamia butter, bittersweet ganache, caramel fleur de sel sauce. It was ok, but not a runaway hit like the churros and chocolate.

The churros and chocolate, made with canela dust, kahlua spiked hot chocolate, vanilla foam ($9) was the dessert hit of the night. The tiny cup of rich chocolate with vanilla foam made this a fancy grown up version of hot chocolate & doughnuts. If you love doughnuts and chocolate, you may want to skip dinner and have several helpings of this dessert.

You may or may not come here with someone you want to whisper sweet nothings to, but you will want to shout about how good the food is to your friends.

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