When I go into a restaurant and see a limited menu, I am always encouraged. To me it’s a sign that the business focuses on doing a few things well.
My theory proved true recently when my dining companion and I went to the Western Gateway Park area and had lunch at Proof.
I liked the clean, minimalist décor at once — hardwood floors, white walls, exposed ductwork and big blackboards with dinner menus, wine selections and appetizer options. There were plenty of windows; I could imagine sitting and enjoying a cocktail while watching a blustery winter evening outside.
The lunch menu lists three salads and about a half-dozen entrees and sandwiches. My companion ordered the lamb burger with a side of Italian sausage soup, and I chose the vegetable paella ($12 each.) We served ourselves with the excellent black currant iced tea on tap and settled down at our table for a little lunchtime people watching.
Our lunches arrived soon, presented on thick, white china with hefty silverware. Both were accented with harissa mayonaisse — piped around the edge of the bowl on my lunch and ladled over my companion’s lamb burger. This flavor was new to us, and we both enjoyed it very much
The lamb burger actually resembled two large meatballs served on flatbread and garnished with fresh spinach leaves and diced tomato.
“This has a really unique flavor,” said my companion as he enjoyed his meal.
I took a moment to enjoy the fragrance of the spices in my dish. Rice, peppers, onions and chickpeas were so nicely blended with spices and the harissa mayonnaise that I was completely satisfied, and I am a card-carrying carnivore.
Before we left, I studied the list of cocktails posted on the wall. There were some interesting combinations and intriguing ingredients, including jars of unusual herbs displayed amongst the liquor bottles. I’ll have to return on a blustery winter evening.Proof
1301 Locust St., Suite C
Mon. – Fri.: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wed. – Sat.: 5 p.m. – close