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Longish Bouley rave from last night...w/a nod to Chanterelle


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Longish Bouley rave from last night...w/a nod to Chanterelle

Fallon | | Jul 28, 2006 03:46 PM

Had a great experience at dinner last night at Bouley so I feel compelled to share it. Had eaten there once before & had the tasting menu, decided to go ala carte this time. Had a glass of champagne to start, amuse bouche was beet, cherry & salmon caviar chilled it was suprisingly good & an omen of things to come. Ordering w/my eyes instead of my stomach I ordered the Phllo crusted shrimp, Cape Cod baby squid, Scuba dived sea scallop, sweet md crabmeat in an ocean herbal broth as a pre appetizer to be shared w/wife & followed by the seared NY state foie gras w/Pruneau d'Agen rosemary-apple puree & armagnac sauce which was huge (wife got braised hawaiian yellowtail w/Cavaillon melon, hon-shimeji mushrooms & a ginger aromatic sauce-she doesn't eat raw/seared tuna so this dish delighted her), followed by the Maine Day boat lobster w/a fricassee of sugar snap peas, parsley root puree, passion fruit & port wine paprika sauce (wife got the black sea bass in a sea scallop crust w/24 hour cooked tomato, jasmine rice & sauce bouillabaisse-tomato was out of this world intense & the scallop crust reminded me of Daniel/La Cirque dishes where they use thinly sliced potato but tastier). Now, we were both full & asked for the check so we skipped dessert or so we thought. Our server brought out the blueberry & sweet corn parfait w/soymilk gelee & huckleberry-sour cream sorbet to us & then followed up w/something not on the dessert menu but involved wafers, creme brulee, peaches & gelato that was out of this world... still no check in sight. He then brought out a tangerine/grapefruit ganache (not sure what it was but it was like a gourmet shaved ice on top of gelato I think) followed by petits fours. Finally the check came. We wondered what would have happened if we ordered dessert...
It was incredible. The damage came to $200 including tax. My wife had a glass of wine plus tasted 2 half glasses (sommelier was very accomodating & opened 2 bottles of whites which aren't normally served by the glass for her & she had a half glass each too). Needless to say, we left a good tip. We had recently eaten at Chanterelle & had a great meal as well but agreed that the overall experience at Bouley was better. Anyway, Bouley is now our favorite splurge restaurant for obvious reasons...