So many great options, we started with the Caprese "Fun Dip" (this was our least favourite of the bunch, so it was nice to have it first). It did not contain any candy, but was fashioned after one of my husbands favourites, fun dip. The idea being to dip a mozzarella and balsamic biscuit into oil and then into a tomato and basil salt. Was fun and tasty, but just didn't compare to the next few dishes.
Our second choice was by far our favourite, the Pork Belly Lollipops. The root beer glaze was heavenly, and we tried our hardest to soak all of it up. It tasted just like the pop, with the perfect amount of sweetness to counter the pork belly's savory. The pork belly was melt in your mouth and the vanilla sour cream gave it the perfect amount of oomph. It was not possible to actually eat it like a lollipop, as it would easily have fallen off, but that did not matter.
Third up was the Chicken Satay, first dish with real candy included in the recipe, the others only offering sweet elements and a name and candy like action. The satay was great, and the Werther's peanut caramel sauce had a bit of a kick to it that we enjoyed.
This next dish would have been our final, but we were still peckish, so we decided to add on the delicious sounding duck wings. However, this dish was my second favourite, after the lollipops. The sweet potato and squash croquettes. Anything sweet potato and you have me eating out of the palm of your hands, and this dish reminded me of candied yams at thanksgiving, but deconstructed. The frosted flake crust gave it just the right amount of crunch to counter the gooey inside with the sweet potato and squash. On their own they would have been good, but with the flavour of the green and pink marshmallow dip, this dish was right over the top. The marshmallow sweetness and creaminess blended effortlessly with the crusty croquette. YUM!
Our final dish were the duck wings, with a sticky toffee and molasses BBQ sauce, which stuck to the plate and our hands. Just enough to fill us up, and sickly sweet, to the point of overindulgence. It was the perfect finisher, and clinched our decision to opt out of dessert, knowing the dinner was dessert enough for the both of us.
This meal was fantastic, a great second outing to Gilt. The service was friendly, prompt and welcoming. We were asked how we liked the meal, especially as the menu was optional and it seemed like they were excited when people wanted to try what they had to offer. We will definitely be on the lookout for the next in their pop-up series, as Candyland was the fourth. Watch their Facebook for more info, in case you too want to try out their off-menu adventures.
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