Last Friday night, my BF and I went out to a late dinner at MODA on Dresden Row. Neither of us ad been before, but we were looking forward to trying it out. When we arrived at about 8:30, we were seated at a tiny table for 2 by the window. After quite the time trying to make a decision, we finally settled on two courses each - although mine were a bit smaller.
After hearing the specials, there was no way that we could turn down the incredible-sounding soup; a broccoli base with Applewood Smoked Cheddar and pieces of prosciutto. Mitch does have a weakness for soup and often orders one as a starter, but this one is by far one of the best we've had in a long time. The broccoli base was pronounced, but incredibly well-balanced with the smokey cheddar and cream. The prosciutto crisps were like little treats within each spoonful.
Soup of the Day $9
Broccoli & Applewood Smoked Cheddar w/ Prosciutto
My first course were three jewel-like spheres in the most luxurious tomato sauce I've ever had. Within the crisp shells, the rice inside was well-cooked and creamy with the earthy flavour of mushroom. The sauce was a lovely pool; smooth and fresh with a hint of rosemary. I could easily have had another plate of these.
Risotto Spheres $11
Mushroom risotto stuffed w/ Asiago cheese
Rosemary Tomato Sauce
The tomato sauce was soo good that I scraped every last bit off the plate!
Holy cannoli! When Mitch ordered a steak, I didn't think anything of it - he often does. But neither of us were ready for this meal! The tenderloin at MODA is the best steak I've ever had in Halifax. First, it was cooked perfectly and it was also super flavourful and tender. the steak is served with a couple different options, but Mitch chose the Shopshire blue cheese sauce. Smothering the steak, it made every bite moan-able. Instead of a potato on the side, he was allowed to substitute for another starch and chose some spaghetti tossed with loads of garlic and olive oil.
w/ Shopshire Blue Cheese Sauce
I chose a lighter dish; a simple spinach salad with a lovely warm dressing of honey and Balsamic, dusted with Parmesan. The menu listed bacon, but I did only find one piece.
Warm Spinach Basil Salad
Baby Spinach w/ Basil, Smoked Bacon, Parmesan
Warm Honey-Balsamic Dressing
I would certainly go back to MODA again and have recommended it to several people since our dinner. It's a nice little resto with fantastic service and food, and is a perfect spot for a celebratory meal, or just a really, really nice dinner.