Had a great meal at Annisa last night. Seated early for a 7pm reservation - as it was our first time there we decided to do the tasting menu. The amuse was escargot and celery root puree in a tiny savory tuile - good tidings of things to come. First up was a ceviche of tilefish with figs, pistachios, balsamic and frisée. I am no ceviche expert, but it wasnt very ceviche-like in terms of what I know from ceviche it had more of a Japanese influence than a Latin one, but it was very good nonetheless. The contrast in the textures of the ingredients added to the flavor of every bite.
Then onto a terrine of sweetbreads, lobster and I think foie gras, from the menu. Lush and luscious I could have been done right there, but the best was yet to come. A sautéed skate with a drizzling of a maitake mushroom cream sauce was outstanding, the fish crispy on the edges and sweet in the center I wanted this dish to last for a while. Little did I know that right around the corner was the most tender loin of lamb Ive ever eaten served with a curried spinach timbale. I wish I could describe the sauce, but I was not taking notes, and by this point I was feeling the effects of the delicious Riesling I was drinking. The sauce was light and flavorful, just perfect, as the meat needed so little it was that good.
What I enjoyed about this tasting is I did not have that too full feeling that I did after the tasting at Gramercy. (Dont get me wrong, it was excellent, I was just so stuffed when I was done, that it took a little something away)
I had the carrot macadamia cake with crème fraiche for dessert, which unfortunately was the only slight disappointment. Just a case of my expectations not being met. A carrot cake fan, I expected something along the lines of carrot cake with some kind of icing. This is more of a large carrot macadamia "madeline" (though not that dry) with crème fraiche on the side. The cake was tasty, but again, not what I expected. Didnt take one bit away from the evening though interesting and delicious food & very good service - Id return there in a heartbeat.