Baltimore’s dining scene has exploded over the years, and one of my favorite newish spaces is Magdalena. It’s located within the beautiful Ivy Hotel in Mount Vernon and if you have a chance, definitely ask for a tour of the restaurant, each room has its own theme and is stunning. Chef Mark Levy and the team at Magdalena recently launched their new Fall menu and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try chef’s delicious creations. If you’re interested in trying the fall menu for yourself, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for details on how to redeem a special treat on your next visit.
Taylor, from Stylishly Taylored joined me for this fantastic meal. When we sat down to dinner, Chef brought brought out Fried Oysters for us to start. They were crispy on the outside with a nice juicy interior over a creamy aioli. Unsurprisingly, it was a great bite to start the meal.
We decided to begin with the Salad of Belgian Endive & Midnight Moon Goat Cheese. With beats, blackberries, and candied pistachios this salad had a nice bit of sweetness. We could not get enough.
I love mushrooms so of course I couldn’t pass up the Mushroom Toast appetizer. Atop a buttery piece of toast there were roasted mushrooms, spinach, cheese, and a quail egg. I seriously wanted to lick the plate clean, this dish was so good. If mushrooms even mildly appeal to you, get this and your taste buds will be rocked.
The night we visited Magdalena, Chef also had a special white truffle tasting menu in addition to the regular menu. While the whole menu can be purchased for a fixed price, you can also order the dishes a la carte so of course we ordered one dish from this menu. The Crispy Confit Chicken really stood out to us and we were both so happy with the choice. It was essentially a large chicken nugget that was topped with foie gras and freshly shaved truffles. My mouth is watering just thinking about this.
Our waiter listed the Butter Poached Maine Lobster Tail as one of his favorite dishes so we took his advice and I’m so glad that we did. The lobster was so fresh and served over the butteriest heirloom carrot tart. This was another delicious dish that we could not get enough of.
I’m a huge fan of venison, any game really. And I got more than a little excited when I spotted Venison Loin au Poivre on the menu. The perfectly cooked meat was served with a safe and chestnut arancini, squash puree, spinach, and huckleberry au just. The sweetness from the sauce was fantastic with the squash puree. It was also such a comforting dish for fall.
Leaving dinner without ordering dessert is a travesty. So we opted to split the Valrhona Chocolate Ganache Tart which was the perfect dessert for the chocolate lover in you. It was such a great bite but the real standout here was the passion fruit and yogurt sorbet. It was slightly sour and when enjoyed with the chocolate tart, it prevented the dish from becoming too rich.
Interested in trying the fall menu for yourself? Anyone that makes a phone reservation for a meal before November 31st that says ‘TeaEats’ will get a special complimentary treat.
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While this meal was paid for by Magdalena, all views stated here are my own.