The Preston at the Chase Park Plaza Adds New Eats to the Menu

The Preston restaurant arrived at The Chase Park Plaza earlier this year, and chef de cuisine Theron Pajares and sous chef Nathan Sandknop gave us a taste of some of the new items recently added to their small plates-focused menu. While keeping customer favorites like pretzel croissants and charred octopus with gnocchi, the additions bring thoughtful, colorful additions with hints of worldly cuisines added in.

"Fire" Baked Alaska at The Preston

“Fire” Baked Alaska at The Preston

Lighter dishes include carrot and goat cheese agnolotti made with adobo-grilled carrots, Grand Mariner glaze, port reduction and Marcona almonds. Seafood-lovers can enjoy Hawaiian swordfish with a flavorful garnish of meaty Shitake mushroom salad and baby bok choy finished off with a miso consommé poured over the fish by your server table side. The seared Irish salmon is served over a pea puré with fava bean and tomato. For the meatier options, try the soy-braised beef cheeks over coconut polenta, shitake fennel slaw and natural jus or a pecan-encrusted pork tenderloin with pea, carrot, fried shallot and barbecue jus.

The drink menu has several new handcrafted concoctions to choose from like the Soda Jerk made with samogon, capaletti, passion fruit, vanilla agave, fresh lime, egg white and topped off with locally made Fitz’s cream soda. As always, be sure sure to save room for dessert. While you can’t go wrong with the already popular items like the chocolate melt, consider the “Fire” baked Alaska that is filled with strawberry gelato, lemon-lime sorbet and sugar cookie crisp with Grand Mariner flames rising before you to finish off the meringue. The Preston is open for brunch and dinner daily. 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.7800

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The Preston images by Katlyn Moncada

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