Last Friday night, my husband and I had a wonderful and romantic meal at the Belvedere Restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. We went because Alain Giraud was the guest chef . I loved his cooking from when he was at Bastide. The only reason I found out about this event was because we accidentally got our neighbors mail promoting this event. Luckily they are out of town for the month so I didn't need to return it to them...is this a felony??
I have to admit that I am a bit of a Chef Groupie; I try to have the chefs of restaurants come to our table as much as possible. They usually comply as long as they arent too busy. Alain was such a sweetheart; hes just like a big teddy bear so I asked him if I could give him a big hug because I thought the meal was so good he complied;o) One of my favorite encounters with a chef was meeting Anthony Bourdain at Campanile when he had his book signing. I think he may have thought I was a stalker, but it was very rewarding for me to be able to meet him and have an actual conversation with him and have a photo taken with him!
On to the food
Amuse was a delicate soup of Chanterelle Mushrooms with a touch of foie gras and a blob of heavy cream dusted with walnuts.
2nd course was a Crab Salad with micro greens. I liked the touch of the deep fried tarragon leaf and the crab was delicious too.
3rd course was Loup de Mer that was the perfect portion and marvelous with a Basil Emulsion.
4th course Foie Gras with Mission Figs can I say more
5th course Roasted Rack of Lamb with small cubes of polenta. This was good, but Im not a big fan of lamb and I was full by this time.
Dessert his famouse Vacherin lavender ice cream with meringue yummmm
If you like tea, they serve loose leaf teas in a real teapot since they have afternoon tea at the hotel. It so much nicer than being served tea bags.
We also had the wine pairings to go with the meal. It always amazes me how wine can taste so different depending on the food it is paired with.
It was a bit on the pricey side, but we were re-celebrating our anniversary since my husband dragged me to a work event for the actual date of our anniversary a week ago. $100 per person + $50 for wine pairing.
This event is now featured in the Gayot.com site in the Culinary Events section. Alain will be there until Sat 10/1.