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SPAGO TASTING MENU

kevin | Feb 16, 2004 02:26 PM

i had that menu a little less than a week ago. and it's pretty darn excellent, and the price is expensive, but it some ways worth it compared to other omakase type meals around town. The meal lasted close to four hours, so it was good that we had a very early reservation. the place is not too fancy in decor, it sill has the wolfgang puck touch of a slightly open kitchen. Also, the number of rooms and the amount of covers slightly turned me off when we entered intent on ordering the tasting menu. how could a place that serves a few hundred people a night actually have tremendous quality control. but spago does succeed. (usually, one of my restaurant rules is that the lower the number of seats like 80 or under the better the meal, since the actual chef will usually cook the meal - it works the same way with sushi bars too).

on to the dishes:

we started w/ three amuse bouches (or little tiny tastes):

tuna tartare in sesame cone. - this was very good.
foie gras mousse tart w/ quince chutney. - this was exceptional.
Smoked salmon w/ ikura on blini w/ creme fraiche. - just plain good.

on to the courses:

scallop tartare w/ shredded black truffle.
scallop cevice w/ the citrus dressing.
Sauteed skate w/ shitake mushrooms and smooth mashed pots.
Burrata mozarrela w/ caramelized beets.
Fresh langostino w/ red curry sauce and pad thai noodles.
Celery root agnolotti w/ black truffles in a butter sauce.
Rabbits w/ innards, and gnocchi, and skewer of rabbit inestines, along with a baby rack of rabbit.
Seared foie gras on apples along with a venison steak.


Then a plate of assorted cheeses including a triple cream, double cream, manchego, sheep milk's, and a couple others. I was kind of too full to savor all the cheeses.

Lastly, dessert was a tremendous butterscothch ice cream with a just ok tiny slab of chocolate bread pudding. I've defintiely had much better chocolate bread pudding before.

All the dishes were excellent except for the rabbit dish and part of the choc bread emphasis of the dessert. The truly exceptional dishes were the foeie gras mousse, the agnolotti, and the exceptional lagostino w/ the sauce.

not the cheapest of meals but definitely mind blowing almost. better than a lot of the sushi bars were you may drop almost as much for a meal. except for the fact that were no white truffles or any caviar or things of that sort. all though there was foie gras in a couple dishes and also black truffles in a couple of them.

oh, almost forgot, we shared a second dessert of a valhorna chocolaate mousse two way, chilled and baked, when it arrived at the table, one was a regular cold mousse that i like while the other was one of those molten chocolate cake thingies w/ chocoalte sauce ooozing out taht i didn't like at all.

definitely a once in a blue moon , though truly exceptional meal.

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