PHOTOS COURTESY OF CURE
By Ryan Arnold
If you ask Rochester’s foodie crowd for pro tips, you’ll likely end up at Cure. Located on the edge of the Rochester Public Market, this quirky and quaint eatery is one of the local restaurant scene’s brightest spots. For those who may not know, Cure is the smaller, more intimate restaurant belonging to Dan Martello and Chuck Cerankosky. The team’s portfolio also includes the wildly popular Restaurant Good Luck.
While Cure’s everyday menu of fresh, classic bistro and brasserie items never fail to please, each Thursday the restaurant offers its Menu du Voyageur, or Menu of the Traveler. Chef James Revels uses the opportunity to deliver an array of surprising, themed preparations. For example, this month has included entire menus dedicated to les oignons (onions) and le beurre (butter). Sometimes these weekly menus also focus on regions, like Loire, or other subjects, like last year’s Escoffier-theme.
[Publisher's Note: In December, 2015, The Cut (below) sized up healthy dishes from locally owned restaurants across the country, and Cure’s December cauliflower menu certainly caught our eye.]
In addition to a starring role in dishes featuring monkfish and chicken, the brassica gave a proud performance on its own, as a salad made with thin slices of red onion, pine nuts, capers, and fresh lemon, or, for those less inclined to cauliflower in its natural state, as a roti served with sweet peppers, arugula, parmesan reggiano, and balsamic.
Brought to you by the cooking temperature known as BROIL, cauliflower has made a major comeback, particularly in whole roasted form. Formerly found overcooked and dressed in orange cheese sauce or languishing on a crudité at your family holiday get together, today cauliflower is widely seen as a trendy, versatile vegetable. It’s also packed with vitamin C. We think vegetable-focused menus are an ideal way to explore the versatility of the vegetable world, so we love that Cure spent December celebrating cauliflower. Even if you don’t eat well all the time, remember that eating more produce every day is a sure and simple route to a healthier diet.
Join this beautiful, eclectic little eatery for one of its upcoming Thursday night dinners, and be sure to leave room before or after to enjoy a drink at its impeccable little cocktail bar.