Had the 5-course tasting menu at Coriander Bistro on Thursday evening. It was absolutely fabulous.
Started with an appetizer of 2 large seared scallops served with a profiterole stuffed with crabmeat and micro greens and a romesco sauce made of pureed, roasted red peppers and ground almonds. The scallops were perfectly cooked and the sauce was delicious.
Fish course was next. Pan fried, slightly breaded turbo served over a lobster salad with a thin slice of escargot as garnish and a veal stock sauce poured around it. It tasted much better than it sounds. The fish was light and perfectly cooked. The flavors melded so well.
A palate cleanser of pear sorbet topped with a blueberry was served next. The pear flavor was delicious.
Meat course. We opted to switch from the beef to duck for the meat course. The restaurant is very accomodating. 2 medium rare, good size slices of duck breast atop a small portion of confit duck and pureed parsnips were served with a dark, slightly sweet cherry sauce and garnished with crispy, fried parsnip chips. Wow, the flavors merged so beautifully.
Next was a spinach salad with roasted yellow and red beets, goat cheese and a balsamic vinegar dressing. It was nicely done.
Lastly, we had a pecan pie with Southern Comfort ice cream and an orange cheesecake. The pie was very sweet, but tasty. The cheesecake had a graham cracker crust and was not too sweet. It was nicely garnished with candied orange peel. Cheesecake is not usually my favorite, but I enjoyed this one.
The tasting menu is $65...what a deal for this level of dining experience. Each course was the size of a large appetizer, not the tiny plates you sometimes get with a tasting menu. The dishes change depending on what's fresh. It's available Tues - Thurs.