The Dish: Excellent Creative Cuisine in Downtown Boise

The Boise area is truly becoming "Boomtown" as more and more people find out how nice it is the live here in the Treasure Valley. Over the past few years, new restaurants have been opening to accommodate the tastes of both newcomers who are relocating from both the West & East Coast, as well as those who have lived here for their entire lives. We were introduced to The Dish by family and were quite pleased on our first visit, so we decided to return to try more of their cuisine. The Dish is a stylish Bistro with a friendly atmosphere that is proud to use mostly fresh and local ingredients.

Spinach Pillows

The Dish is located on the ground floor of the historic Empire Building built in 1909. We were greeted and checked our coats in the lobby. We chose to be seated in a comfortable stylish booth in the center of the intimate restaurant, which also features a Bar upfront, as well as tables upstairs and downstairs for dining. The restaurant was quite full fairly early and it was obvious that they have a nice following. We perused the focused Regular Seasonal Menu, as well as the robust Special Nightly Menu and began our dining experience with sparkling water and wines by the glass. The Appetizers that we tried were wonderful both in taste and superb presentation. Our favorite was the light and heavenly Spinach Pillows, which was a beautifully plated Potato-Fennel Fondue topped with Pine nuts, Romano cheese and pea shoots. The artistic plating was accomplished by abstract presentation of beet puree splashed across the bright white plate. It was a work of art! We also loved the Calamari Picante, which was flavorful sliced Pan Roasted Calamari Steak accompanied by shallots, garlic, tomato, red chili, green onions, herbs and lemon. It was not too spicy, quite delicious and a "house favorite".

The savory, sweet and spicy Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Banana Bites made with a mango BBQ glaze and roasted pepper relish combined some of our favorite ingredients....was so much fun! It was a generous serving of 6... so we were able to take some home.

Next, we shared a Beet Salad made with sugar snap peas, pickled fennel, parsley, dill, sweet roasted pecans, goat cheese, apple chips and arugula which was topped with a tarragon vinaigrette dressing. This was actually large enough to have for your entrée and all the ingredients very worked well together.

Pork Chop

The Entrees are all very hearty portions. We loved the Red Wine Braised Short Rib which was served with glazed vegetables and herbs. The meat was so tender that it fell off the bone and the glaze was a perfect compliment. Also the plating was very artistic with the short rib placed sidewise on the plate with the meat curved to resemble a large mushroom. Another generous entrée is the thick, juicy and flavorful bone in Pork Chop served with herb puree, beet spätzle, Brussel kraut and an apple chip. The flavor was excellent and again a superior presentation. On our previous visit we enjoyed the Shrimp & Grits which was made with jumbo shrimp, house made sausage, braised fennel, oven roasted tomatoes, shellfish broth and creamy grits. This traditional southern dish was so flavorful and also as a hearty portion.

Short Rib

We had to save room for Desserts and were quite pleased with both the Bananas Fosters which was flambéed bananas, chocolate chip banana bread topped with Vanilla-Coconut Ice Cream and the Granny Smith Apple Split roasted apple topped with caramel, fruit compote, candied pecans and topped with Cinnamon Ice Cream. Of course we took some home for breakfast the next day! The coffee service was impressive, as you get a lovely metal French Press accompanied by a glass sand timer to indicate when the coffee is ready to press.

Granny Smith Apple Split

The wine list features local, U.S. and international wines by the Glass and Bottle. We enjoyed the 2012 Coiled Dry Riesling from Snake River Valley, Idaho and 2014 Adelsheim Pinot Gris from Willamette Valley, Oregon with our starters and the Sean Minor Pinot Noir with our entrees.
The Dish has been open for over two years now and has something for everyone. They recently received the 2015 Open Table Diner's Choice Award! Executive Chef Jered Couch brings a wealth of experience that translates into excellent creative cuisine and a really fun dining experience. The presentation, service and sophisticated atmosphere make The Dish a great place to dine. We felt like we were pampered and that the cuisine was being prepared with love for us. We look forward to returning soon, to enjoy our favorites and more from the Dishes' Daily Specials Menu which is always changing adding creativity!

The Dish
205 N. 10th St.
Boise, ID 83702
Open for Dinner 5PM-10PM


By Carol & Joe Davis
Dining Detectives



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