Last night 10 of us met for our monthly wine dinner at Corduroy. This was my first time at the restaurant, but it will certainly not be my last. We had a great time.
Chef Power created a five course meal for us to go with the wines that we were bringing (mostly CA Pinot Noirs and Cabs, a couple of Spanish reds, and a Sauvignon Blanc and a 1st Cru Chablis to start). Needless to say the meal was wonderful. Beautiful presentation, paced just right, wonderful and efficient service, and lots and lots of great wine. The restaurant provided 4 red wine and two white glasses for each of us and decanted the wines as needed. We could not have asked for a better evening.
Dinner was as follows:
Lobster salad (served witht he two whites) Chunks of lobster with a beautiful presentation of purple lettuce, just a touch of sauce to hold it together. Yummmy
Peppered red tuna with sushi rice and sesame vinaigrette (served with the lighter Pinot Noirs) This course was excellent. The tuna was prepared perfectly, quite rare and very flavorful. Served on a bed of sushi rice that perfectly presented the tuna.
Braised pork belly w/savoy cabbage and meaux mustard (Served with the "bigger" Pinots) I know that pork belly is bacon, but this course was out of this world. Slightly salty, lots of flavor, and the meaux mustard sauce was perfect. Everyone was using the bread to make sure that they got every bit.
Waygu strip loin with shitake mushroom (Served wtih the Cabernets) I had never had Waygy beef before last night, and now I know what all the excitment is about. Served medium rare, it was so tender that you didn't need a knife. Lots of flavor.
Caramelized pineapple tart. By now we were working on the 14th or 16th bottle of wine, but it still was a major hit. Beautifully presented, sweet without being cloying, and delicious.
It was a wonderful evening. Meal, tax, tip and corkage fees came to $75 per person. Well worth the money.