Last night my girlfriend and I attended the tasting menu at Green Zebra. As the sun set on the street we enjoyed ten dishes, all vegetarian, and ten wines (split between us). Our waitress was lovely and took the time to give us detailed explanations of each course and wine pairing. Almost every dish exceeded my expectations. Below I've presented a few highlights.
Potato Leek Fennel Soup
This warm soup had a rich, creamy broth with pieces of candied fennel and orange at the bottom. Even on a warm summer’s evening the broth isn’t too heavy. The soup was paired with a slightly sweet German Riesling. The wine contrasted nicely with the creaminess of the soup and helped to bring out the nuanced orange notes. At first I tried to be reserved in eating this soup, little bit by little bit, but I must confess that at nearing the bottom of the bowl I became the voracious American, shovel by shovel.
Chilled Arugula Soup with Shaved Black Truffle and Roasted Tomatoes
The other soup served represented another part of summer—the good part in my opinion. This soup screamed dirt, meadows, and sitting under trees; the wine did the same. Served cold the broth was pureed arugula with emulsified with olive oil. At the center of the bowl stood a small mound of tomatoes topped with a good portion of sliced black truffles. All this was paired divinely with a French sauv blanc that had earthy, green pepper notes. Very refreshing.
Eggplant Dumplings with Ginger Lemongrass Foam
I don’t remember everything in this dish, but it worked perfectly. This dish is pretty much what its title indicates. The crispy dumplings seemed to be seasoned with a mix of cumin, coriander, turmeric, i.e. some kind of curry mixture. At first bite you would experience the curry and eggplant and then the eggplant would continue to support the finish of lemongrass and ginger.
Sweet Corn Pancakes with Sweet Corn Ice Cream and Blueberries
This dish was completely whimsical. The dessert was presented like a pancake breakfast, two small corn pancakes with blueberries and a small scoop of corn ice cream acting as “butter.” Quite delicious.