I had heard only good things about Cyrus and did so look forward to my time there.
First, Healdsburg is gorgeous and I would stay there a few nights and never get bored, though might gain a few pounds. Pfffft, would be worth the longer workouts.
We arrived there not knowing what to expect and how scrumptious it is to be offered champagne and caviar first thing! I did have champagne and truly enjoyed it, though no caviar this time around, I do plan on it next time around!
We chose the 5-course menu, and it was a treat to be able to substitute plates from the vegetarian 5-course tasting menu, which we did.
I want to mention service and décor, which both really take the cake. The service is so much fun, I was always pleasantly surprise, never felt overwhelmed, always on point and with good humor and smiles. I could tell that everyone enjoyed the sommelier also, as I stuck to champagne, I did not have the chance to deal with him much, too bad for me, but planning on it next time again.
The whole event starts with canapés, unexpected and fun, as the cuisine leans towards molecular with an Asian influence, the bites we had were quite good, the two that really stood out for me was the infused blueberry and a miso and mushroom soup served in a miniature bowl.
Then came the amuse-bouche, which again, just appears and wowed me in the sense of an intense awakening of the taste buds.
By then, I was excited about our plates to come and the gazpacho was memorable, full of flavors, cool, but not cold, something to really enjoy, eating it slowly is a prerequisite as the serving is not large.
I think my best dish of the day was the Foie Gras Torchon with cherry, pistachio and ginger; it is a must for any foie gras lover. There are only two other instances in which I was so enamored with foie gras, it was perfectly silken, it was heaven in my mouth and I could have had a whole meal of it too!
Between two dishes came a palate cleansing sorbet popsicle, readying us for the main meal ahead. I had the Kurobuto Tenderloin with black-eyed peas and potato, persillade. The meal itself was beautifully presented, as a matter of fact, each dish served was a feast for the eyes, and if one eats with their eyes first, it is going to be a happy day. The dish was also quite delicious, the meat tender and persillade perfectly delicious as an accompaniment.
As for desserts, There was a few options, one of my companions had the Thai Coffee,it is sumptuous with many layers of sweet and savory, creamy and satisfying after such a beautiful meal. For myself, I was offered the cheese tray, it is a very Europeen thing to do, but one I really enjoy and when I had seen the tray slip past to other customers, I was craving it before the meal ended. There was a good variety to choose from, goat, to cheddars, ash rind and blue cheeses. I had three of them, and with them comes a tray of the most exquisite crackers and toasted bread, also with it is a fruit compote that marries
However at Cyrus, it does not stop there, there is too the tray of mignardises that is brought over and we get to pick a few for ourselves, almost as if to keep the experience going just a bit longer, each of the tiny pieces of sweet perfection made in house, it was hard to resist, and we did not, we did enjoy them, as the time seem to slow to a stop and there was only the sensations having had a wonderful meal, at a beautiful place and setting, and now savoring the last moments of such.
But even when we thought we were done, given to us in a gift box was a chocolate pastry to enjoy later. Which I did. Yum.