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White Truffle Tasting @ Saam


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White Truffle Tasting @ Saam

FallingLeaves | | Nov 24, 2013 02:01 PM

I went to their first truffle tasting dinner last year. I was impressed with the dinner served with the better wine pairing.
This year is their second and may be their last. I have heard that Saam may be re-modeling.
We have the multi-course white truffle tasting dinner last friday.
We were first served a truffle Mist drink. Wow, Wow Wow in presentation. Taste wise, I don't get it. My guest took a sip and left it alone.
The next 4 courses were prepared with "WOW". Or in my own opinion "Oh No".
The server proudly state that they were prepared with truffle oil !!!
Molecular chef be damned.
Jose Anders better tell me that it is not the store bought version and better come up with a better name. Truffle essence, truffle extract, truffle juice, truffle tea, truffle marinate, truffle infusion, or simple with truffle.
You turn me off mentioning truffle oil.
The chef really tried hard to come up with the next 4 dishes
Truffle doughnut, Chicken & truffle, Scallops Squash & Vanilla and Agnolotti.
In my opinion, they did not impress even with shaved white truffle on top on several presentations.
The remanding dishes were all served with shaved white truffle on top.
Next was Lobster and Dashi. The dish was served on a heated plate such that the lobster was perhaps semi-cooked when served on a heated plate. A creamy Dashi sauce was poured over the food and finished with shaved white truffle.
As a result, the lobster was served half cooked, thinly sliced and chopped into tiny pieces. It does not have the fresh texture of lobster sashimi nor the meatiness of cooked lobster. I can neither taste any lobster because of the way it was cooked nor the dashi because of the overwhelming cream.
The next course is "Fish" Papillote.. the "fish of the day" was halibut.
It was tasty but both mine and my guest's halibut were overcooked and a bit dry.
Next was a nicely done risotto.
Next was Cheek and Jamone. This was the highlight of the evening. Perfect in every which way. Must have. If they ever offer it again.

The rest of the menu are dessert items with shaved truffle on top.
All excellent.

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