In short, a great success. The dishes were very refined and artistic.
The dining room is a pleasure to dine in since you get a view of the hills and the city from the top of Barneys.
The cheese cart was outstanding. Unfortunately, the Sunday dinner crowd finished the epoisses. Hopefully they have another one. If not, they still have Gaugry L'Amis du Chambertin which is almost just as good.
On to the dishes:
Mise en Bouche: Compressed Watermelon, Geoduck, Fish Sauce, Micro Chives, Chilled Chowder
-Delicious dish. The chilled corn chowder was so good many people were seen using their knives trying to scrape every last bit of the chowder.
First Course: Rabbit Tartare, Purple Shiso Yuzu Kosho Gel, Pickled Pink Radishes, Chocolate Mufﬁn chicken Liver Mousse
-Very refined tartare and the purple shiso really made it pop. Chocolate muffin with chicken liver mousse is an instant classic. Chef LQ could make a killing just selling these alone.
Second Course: Aji Sweet Potato Hamachi, Sea Urchin Smear, Carlsbad Oyster, Bliss Smoked Steelhead Roe, Tosaka Ice cream, English Pea Gazpacho, Chervil Leaves
-A gorgeous artistic course. The Tosaka ice cream looked like a pebble next to the oyster and steelhead roe "pearls". The oyster and roe itself was pristine and highly delicious. The sea urchin smear provided a nice saline minerality. The slight spiciness of the aji sweet potato under the hamachi also worked very nicely.
Third Course: Skate, Sujok, Cranberry Beans, Veal Feet, Minus 8 Vinegar, Sea Beans
-The skate was wrapped in nori and fried in a tempura batter. This dish was very fragrant. Loved the way the chervil and terragon refreshed the palate making each bite different.
Fourth Course: Lamb Loin “Parmentier”, Banana Mash, Confit Spring French Shallots, XO
-Perfectly cooked lamb without a hint of gaminess. The crisp on top tasted of bananas and gruyere. So good. I wish I could buy this by the bag.
Dessert: Wild Strawberries, Elderflower Meringue, Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar, Stawberry Milk Crumble, Vanilla Tonka Bean Ice cream, Pistachio Pain de Gene
-Wonderful and redolent of strawberry essence. The pistachio "cake" was also stellar.
A stellar meal without any fault and the best deal in town at $50pp. The wine pairing is 5 glasses for $25 making it the second best deal in down after the menu itself.
The cheese cart was plundered not only by myself but by pretty much everyone that night.
I highly recommend going tonight and tomorrow if you're in the area.
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