So, have any of you done Tony's post-9pm Sunday night menu spontaine? Reactions? I went last week with a friend, and am going again tonight with a group of 6. For those of you who don't know, the chef does a 4 course $35 tasting menu after 9pm on Sunday nights. The menu selections are at his whim, which forces you to be adventurous. None of that "oooh, i dont like spinach, i'll have squash with my steak instead, and i dont like the balsamic sauce so i'll have the buerre noisette instead"! The sum is more than the parts, people!
Sorry, i had to get that off my chest. Anyways, the meal last week was pretty solid. Pleas permit a long winded recap.
First course. Wellfleet clams (Pat and Barb Woodbury's? i dunno, they didnt say!) stuffed with...pancetta and new potatoes i believe. served over a bean puree (which was AWESOME!) with a sauce verte. im not too sure on the composition of that one, but i definitely tasted chervil, which im a big fan of. the clams themselves were...well...steamed clams. pretty much tasted the way i expected they would. the stuffing was ok, but maybe a little dryish. again, the bean puree and sauce were excellent.
Second course. Mushroom and lamb ragu with caramelized pumpkin and some sort of pumpkin sauce i believe. on top was a really nice farm fresh poached egg from a farm in vermont. the idea was to bust the yolk and let that form the finishing element of the sauce. "Mont au oeuf"?! cool idea! the ragu was nice, but the sauce was the showpiece, and the interactive aspect was quite cool.
Third course. Wine was starting to kick in a bit ;)Memory not what it should be! Braised ( i think..it wasnt mentioned, but based on the texture i think my guess is correct) pork short ribs with veggies...sauce is a blur...sorry! the pork was wonderful though. So tender, as you would expect from the braising process, and the flavors were definitely all there! quite yummy, i just wish i could remember the accoutrement better.
Dessert. OK, i am not a dessert guy. i know...*shocking*. but i would ALWAYS opt for an extra savory course instead of dessert. i have my priorities in line...do you?! ;)
that said, dessert was awesome. we were served a creme caramel and a chocolate dessert. the creme caramel was quite nice, pretty much what youd expect, with a nice little caramel reduction on the plate. the chocolate was evil. Valrhona chocolate terrine i believe. the texture was out of this world, so rich and yummy, really deep flavors. on top was an espresso ice cream. Dy-no-mite! as you might imagine, not a light dessert, but well worth any digestive discomfort it may have caused.
overall, an excellent way to spend $35. and with food prices so low, its a great excuse to get a better bottle of wine! which is the best part of a meal anyhow ;)
thank you for putting up with my babbling. i look forward to hearing about anyone elses experiences, and i'll report back about my dinner there tonight.
chow (sorry, i HAD to!)