|Posted by Maddie on April 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM|
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of eating at Parc Brasserie in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square. It was a great atmosphere and I ate my carbs for the month in this one sitting. No surprise, when I saw the French artisan cheese on the menu, I knew a cheese plate would be my entree. After we ordered, we were graced with a full basket of bread just for our table. Because eating bread with cheese mutes the cheeses' flavor, I had multiple slices before sampling cheese.
Tonight's cheese plate, served with apples, marcona almonds, apple butter, and hazelnut honey, consisted of Idiazebel (raw Sheep milk from Spain), Beemster (pasteurized cow milk from Netherlands), Pont L'eveque (pasteurized cow milk from Normandie), Moses Sleeper (pasteurized cow milk from Vermont), and Marzolino (pasteurized sheep milk from Tuscany). Overall, while I enjoyed them all, no one cheese stuck out to me. If I could sum up the entire cheese plate in two words it would be mild and creamy. My notes below literally contain mild for almost every cheese.
Here are more of my thoughts on Parc's cheese plate. They were all so mild, I didn't feel that there were that many adjectives I could use to describe them. While I enjoyed them all, I wish there was more variety. The cheeses were either the texture of brie or semi-soft cheeses. I would suggest adding a blue cheese or sharper cheeses for a more balanced plate.
The hazelnut honey was tasty however it did not complement any one cheese. I used the honey on the mildest of the cheeses, the Moses Sleeper, just to give it a flavor kick. The apple butter unfortunately did not complement any of the cheeses.
Idiazebel (+1): mild yet herby
Marzolino (+2): farmy and mild, rind not edible
Beemster (+1): Caramel, sweet, toothsome, tastes like smoked gouda
Moses Sleeper (+2): mild, creamy, tastes like a mild Brie, edible and tasty rind
Pont L'Eveque (+2): creamy, nutty, semi-edible rind
Thanks to Parc Brasserie for a great dinner! While this post sounds harsher than it should be, I would like to emphasize that the cheeses were all very good, I would order all of them again, however maybe separately; I honestly felt like I only ate 2 cheeses rather than 5 because of how mild and similar the cheeses were.