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Review: WD-50 Dessert Tasting Menu

Jake and Rachel | Nov 6, 2005 10:52 PM

We went to WD-50 for their 5-course dessert tasting menu on Saturday. First thing's first....here's what we ate (we made it a point to memorize as we ate :) ):

Amuse- PB&J: Concord grape sorbet with peanut butter powder and croutons

1st course: Lemon curd with huckleberry reduction, basil meringue and basil powder

2nd course: Banana-braised pineapple with mustard ice cream, pineapple tuile and coconut foam

3rd course: Mission fig with pine nut ice cream, fig puree, green (bay leaf?) gelee, and sherry reduction

4th course: Brioche french toast with rum, brown butter ice cream, raisin paper, raisin puree, and warm maple gelee

5th course: Butternut squash ice cream on chocolate "soil" with pumpkinseed cake and yummy (sunflower?) seeds

This was an incredible experience, food-wise; our favorite course was the "French Toast" although that amuse was pretty stellar as well. Much to our surprise, the mustard ice cream worked (well), and the pine nut ice cream was seriously fantastic. Like peanut butter ice cream, but way better...more interesting.

If you're sick of chocolate cake, we highly recommend WD-50's desserts.

Word of caution: when we called to make reservations, we were told there were only seats available at 6 and 10:30. We took the 6, but when we arrived (promptly), the staff was still prepping....we sat at the bar until ~6:30. If this is representative of a Saturday evening at WD50, the lesson is to not be timely for your 6:00 reservation.

We were invited to go into the kitchen and meet Sam Mason, the pastry chef, who was super cool.

5 Course dessert tasting menu - $35. You are at Sam's mercy.

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