I told some friends about the chef's whim meal I had recently and they wanted to give it a try...so off we went last night at 9:30. Another good meal last night, although not as creative as the first time.
Course #1: Tempura'ed tilefish and tempura'ed hyssop leaf served over sliced avocados and a pea-based puree. In my opinion, this was the best dish of the night. Light tempura batter with flavors that blended well -- the fish was similar to black sea bass, the hyssop tasted like anise, and the avocados were soft and melted in my mouth.
Course #2: Meat-based broth with wild mushrooms, duck confit and spruce shoots. Earthy with lots of mushrooms. The broth was not very thick at all -- good for one of many courses, not really filling at all. The mushrooms went perfectly with the wine we ordered (2001 Château de La Liquière Faugères "Vieilles Vignes" - $28).
Course #3: Sauteed wild mushrooms with farm fresh egg, accomplanied by toast with mixture of 3 country pates (goose, duck, chicken). This dish was good, but didn't have the depth of flavors I expected. Essentially sauteed wild mushrooms with a little egg flavor. Nice to eat fresh mushrooms, but I was a little disappointed to eat them for two straight courses.
Course #4: We were served the same desserts as last time, and they were just as good -- all items from the regular menu. The rhubarb soup with creme fraiche ice was even better - last time, it was so sweet I felt like I was eating sugar; this time, it was nice and grainy with the rhubard shining thru.