Sneak Peek at The Place Downstairs, opening tonight at Mussels & Burger Bar.
My buddy Jacob Miller was lucky enough to sample the food at That Place Downstairs a few weeks ago. He gave me the permission to share the above photos and his below testimony to the greatness of what is sure to become a Louisville treasure:
"This place is going to be the best place in town. You can quote me on that. We went to the kitchen where Fernando Martinez was behind the line with the small crew testing ticket times… He stopped and said hi, showed us the tiny kitchen and talked to us for a moment.
We were then taken out to the seats to look at the decor and were told to take a seat. At one table there was already a salad and soup, and he told us to give them a taste, nobody was hungry because they had been practicing all day. So we sat down, and he brought us forks and we began. Holy shit, so amazing. Then, out of no where, more food was brought out. And more, and more and more. We were given full sized entrees, a soup, a salad, and three apps. A total of 12 items all together. Basically the entire menu.
Ranged from duck rillettes, duck breast with lentils, iberico ham plate, pork stuffed with chorizo with Brussel sprouts and butternut squash, filet with horseradish creme fraiche, scallops with a vanilla parsnip puree, stuffed cornish hen with black truffle gnocchi and baby carrots, mussels, a vegetable conserve served with sappori creme cheese, the salad was greens, radish and a cheese I don’t remember but resembled fresh mozz with a sage pesto, butternut bisque with a cinnamon foam, and foie gras…. Easily one of the best nights I’ve experienced in my 4 years here.
They officially open on march 27, and are using open table to start the firhat night, get your reservation in now. As soon as possible.
You are gonna love it. You’ll never want to leave.”