On Saturday night, after asking MSPD to make a suggestion for a great restaurant South of the River that would be great to celebrate a special occasion and host a group of five, we headed to Perron’s Sul Lago. A self-described relaxed bistro on a lake, this restaurant serves continental cuisine out of a mixed-used development strip mall in an out of the way place way down in Prior Lake. It is so out of the way that even though Google knew exactly where it was, I honestly didn’t believe it and ended up having everyone wait while I scoped it out–finding a large Italian chef statue pointing the way to the entrance.
We walked in and found our table for five ready and waiting against the windows. Even though there were plenty of seats elsewhere in the restaurant, I was very happy that we ended up sitting where we did, with a nice view of the outdoor seating and the adjacent park’s lake beyond. The entire place is nicely decorated in a simple manner but I was surprised at the way that the servers were dressed (jeans) as it just didn’t seem to match everything else inside.
Our server took her time taking orders and even waited for our appetizers to be delivered before asking what we wanted for dinner. She admitted that they are not into turning tables–something which we appreciated tonight. My mother and Josh ordered their tomato and basil soup (which my mother later referred to as “stewp”), my father ordered their tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto with dill and basil with olive and balsamic (instead of whatever garlic dressing they normally offered) while I ordered their calamari. Instead of charging for bread, like The Strip Club does, ridiculously, we were treated to unlimited baskets of decent bread to tide us over between courses.
While I don’t normally care for tomato soup (actually I get nauseous just smelling it), this was fantastic. My mother and father both said it was like eating my father’s homemade tomato sauce that he makes for pasta. It was thick, hearty, and enjoyable. I’d definitely order it myself in the future. My calamari was good. The tubes were a bit chewy but the rest was fine. The marinara could have used some spice but overall it was decent for Minnesota. It came with pepperoncinis which I suppose made up for the lack of spice in the sauce ;-) My father devoured his appetizer and didn’t give me a chance to even take a taste! He said it was “excellent”.
While the staff was clearing our plates from the appetizers, the server began taking our dinner orders. Josh went with their tortellini, my wife ordered their parmesan chicken, I chose their rack of lamb special, my mother chose their chicken risotto, and my father chose their 12 oz filet mignon. A wide variety of choices this evening and definitely a good cross section of what was available on the menu (which differed between what we saw online and what is there now).
After another round of bread our entrees appeared. The portions were definitely more appropriate than what we saw at I Nonni and I was absolutely shocked at how good they all looked. My wife’s chicken parmesan was one of the biggest pieces of chicken I have ever seen grace a plate at a restaurant and honestly, it could have passed for an entire breast. Her only complaint was that her asparagus was buried under a mountain of garlic mashed potatoes–something which seemed to genuinely annoy her. Josh’s pasta was brightly colored and didn’t stand a chance as he demolished the entire dish without a single bad thing to say. My mother’s risotto was a bit overcooked but otherwise had an excellent flavor and was something I’d order for myself. My father’s filet mignon was ordered rare (so rare that when you stick your fork in it, it moos) but unfortunately a good portion of it was overcooked and even the waitress said it looked as if it was medium-rare. My father refused to send it back and ate the huge hunk of meat (it was also one of the largest portions I have ever seen at a restaurant). My meal, the only one that I ate in great abundance, was absolutely fantastic. It was cooked perfectly (rare+), was tender and flavorful. So much so that it required me to, ceremoniously, tear the remaining meat off the bones leaving a pile on the plate.
After looking at the menu and deciding that the options were definitely up my alley, many others looked at them as well and we all ordered something except for my mother. My wife and Josh both ordered creme brule (which wasn’t the best I’ve ever had but was nice), my father ordered their vanilla ice cream with Amaretto marinated cherries which, to this non-cherry enjoying individual, some of the most incredible tasting cherries I have ever had. I ordered their blueberry bread pudding and being that I find it sacrilegious to put raisins in bread pudding, this was an amazing idea and one I enjoyed immensely.
Overall, Perron’s Sul Lago comes highly recommended by me and the rest of my party. It absolutely trounces everything else I have had in the MSP area lately and it was on my very short list of places I want to return to for future celebratory events. If you are looking for a restaurant with great service, food, and ambiance, I definitely recommend you check out Perron’s Sul Lago.
Have you ever eaten at Sul Lago in Prior Lake? If so, what did you think? What have you ordered there? Did you think the service was good? Whatever you think about Perron’s Sul Lago, please go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say about a place where even the server had to thank us for coming in to a small restaurant tucked away.
Perron’s Sul Lago
16154 Main Ave SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
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See all the photos from Perron’s Sul Lago on Flickr here.