Restaurants & Bars 17

Everest

spa_girl | May 10, 2004 02:36 PM

My husband and I went to Everest this weekend with another couple. First of all, it is on the 40th floor of a building right by the Sear's Tower and it is a literal MAZE to get into. We had to be buzzed into the parking lot, go thru several security doors, then the valet took our car and we were buzzed up the first elevator. We transferred in the lobby to elevator number 2, then finally to elevator number 3 and we had arrived. We were so tired after that we needed drinks. ;)

Joking aside, the reception was very nice and we were seated immediately. We had a great table in the window overlooking the city - the view was awesome! They had the blinds drawn but at sunset they raised them which was very nice. The boys started with cocktails and the girls had champagne. I should note that the main reason I knew of and even wanted to go to Everest was because of the sommelier Alpana Singh – though we'd heard the food was great – she's the reason we went..

Two of us decided to do the tasting menu while the other two decided to order à la carte. After our orders were placed, Alpana arrived at our table. Thru some interesting discussion and narrowing down we went with two of her suggestions. The first was a Copain Pinot Noir (from the Anderson Valley) who has a previous Turley wine maker involved - always a good sign. The wine was great - very fruity and rich with enough complexity and depth to match our food. Our second wine was a Spanish red and I'm blanking on the name - Mani or Mavi – my husband will know so I will find out from him. Deep, inky color, higher in acid and tannin which was great as we finished appetizers and moved into entrees.

Overall the tasting menu was fun, but I'm pretty sure I would not get it again. I thought many of my items were nice, but not exceptional. The a la carte orders were exceptional though. Our amuse bouche was a trio - cauliflower fondant on a spoon with a tiny bit of caviar, a tiny spoon/ladle of asparagus soup, and lastly one scallop with a sauce I don't remember. The tasting menu was (I really don't remember all the courses here – but I can get it started):
• Lobster and potato terrine - I was unimpressed and thought the lobster flavor was hidden. Too much potato - definitely nothing special.
• Soft shell crab wrapped in a piece of phyllo dough with beet sauce on the side - again, nothing special, the flavor of the soft shell crab was not highlighted and the whole dish was good, but nothing exciting.
• Fish course - I don't remember this at all except that it was good
• I *think* lamb was next – it was nice but I really don't remember much about it
• Cheese course - good, nothing amazing
• Dessert - cake with berries - very good but I wouldn't have ordered it had it not been on my menu

One of the a la carte orders was:
• Foie gras appetizer - delicious
• Cabbage soup - surprisingly good
• Tornados Rossini - steak with foie gras on top over potato dauphanoise - very good

And the final order was:
• Mixed salad with hears of palm, looked lovely
• Lobster (one of their signature dishes) - she didn't speak for a full 20 minutes while she devoured this dish. I don't even think her husband got to taste it. It was hysterical and apparently unbelievably good.
• Chocolate soufflé - very good she said.

Total bill - $500 per couple = $1000 total (3 bottles of wine, 4 cocktails to start, 2 tastings and 2 a la cartes).

One final thought about Everest - I found it to be a rather cold place. The waitress wasn't really friendly and while she certainly was not rude - I just felt that everyone had too much going on, so they were distracted all the time. I know our waitress had at LEAST 5 tables which is too many I think for this type of dinner. The service wasn't bad, but neither was it exceptional. Alpana Singh is why I went - I would go back to talk to her again, but that would really be the only reason. Food was good, not exceptional, IMO.

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