Satisfied and stuffed from our lunch in Louisville, my husband and I continued on our journey to Lexington, Kentucky. So far the sun still shone, although some clouds were beginning to move in. The drive on I-64 between Louisville and Lexington is beautiful, and we soon arrived at our hotel. White horse fences front the road and stone gates frame the entrance to the hotel. Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa stands tall against the pines on the property while an antebellum mansion next door now houses Kentucky’s first four diamond restaurant.
The Mansion at Griffin Gate.
So far, just what you'd expect from a hotel room.
The storms hit about the time were ready to leave for the restaurant. Luck was with us and we arrived, not too terribly wet after our sprint through the rain.
After much deliberation and backtracking, along with some help from our friendly waiter, we made our decisions and ordered.
While we watched the lightning flashes and the rain pour down, we talked quietly and relaxed with our drinks, a nice Riesling for me and a whisky sour for my husband. Our food soon arrived and after I took pictures, to the amusement of our neighboring diners, we each tasted our entree.
The antelope was cooked to medium and the meat was moist, tender and succulent. As the water had promised, the meat tasted very much like beef, with no overt gaminess present. The wild mushroom glace was smooth and held just a hint of sweetness from the red wine reduction. The purple Peruvian fingerling potatoes had been cut in half lengthwise and were nicely browned. The green-skinned apples (Granny Smith, perhaps?) were thinly sliced and lent a counterpoint to the rich, buttery flavor of the antelope. The fennel was thinly shaved and had just a bit of that anise flavor. The beets were diced and quite frankly, could have been omitted from my plate as I didn’t care for the almost acidic bite they lent the dish. But I suppose it is all a question of balance. All in all, this was an inspired dish that left me wanting more. I would gladly eat antelope again, if it was prepared as expertly as this was.