We celebrated our 25th anniversary at Daniel. Thank you to all who answered my many questions in April while I tried to make up my mind where to celebrate.
Oh my. Daniel was an incredible dining experience, like no other that I've had. We were welcomed warmly and seated at a table in the location I had requested - on the edge of the veranda overlooking the sunken dining area. The room is lush and beautiful...a fantasy, and a perfect setting for the culinary adventure to come.
We ordered glasses of champagne and enjoyed the bubbly with the "amuse". Tasty tidbits...parmesan tarts, salmon and little puff pastries. MMMMM.
We decided on the prix fixe. For appetizers, I had spring pea raviolini with duck prosciutto and chanterelles, and hubby had a squab terrine with foie gras, apricots, mache and pickled gooseberries. Both dishes were exquisite in their presentation, execution and taste. The flavors and textures were so well balanced and sooo delicious. I wanted to lick the bowl of the raviolini...the broth was as tasty as the raviolini. Mmmm....
My main dish was the spiced squab with black mission figs and spinach almondine. Hubby had the Niman Ranch lamb. Can't remember what came with it. Again, the presentation and execution of both dishes was excellent. Again, an excellent balance and play of flavors and textures. The squab was medium rare, served in thick slices. The texture was like velvet. The spices and the figs highlighted the earthy, sweetish flavor of the squab. Hubby reports the lamb was "exquisite" in its flavor and tenderness, served in thick slices. Not being a lamb person, I did not taste.
We opted for the cheese course. The server spent a lot of time with us describing the cheeses. I can't remember all that we selected, but they were all excellent. The bleu was particularly memorable.
Dessert was also excellent. We both opted for chocolate - I had the hot chocolate upside down souffle with coffee ice cream. Chocolate and coffee, two of my favorite flavors. Hubby had the single estate venezuelan chocolate fondant with all sorts of other goodies. Yummm... As a gift, we were served another dessert...a rhubarb frangipane. Really tasty -sweet and tangy! We were also served a basket full of freshly baked madeleines...the basket was a cloth napkin folded into a basket-like container. It was charming and the madeleines were delectable.
The staff made us feel comfortable and service was seamless. The meal was incredible. It took four hours. It was an unforgettable experience. Wow!
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