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Degustation Review

lexismore | May 27, 201510:05 AM

I returned to Degustation for the first time in years (I hadn't been since before Wesley left). I didn't really see any recent reviews on here, so here you go:

The space is the same, bar seating around the kitchen, not unlike Momofuku Ko, Atera, Chef's Table, etc.

The service was friendly and good, but there were a couple things that weren't perfect. For one, the pacing of the dishes seemed odd - they would bring out dishes as they were ready, so there were a few times where we had 2-3 dishes at once. Which is fine, but it made the meal feel a bit rushed.

The food was, overall, great. My wife and I opted to forgo the tasting menu so we could share a wider variety of dishes. We started with:

Good bread, good butter. The bread came piping hot. Nothing surprising about this, but exactly what we expected.

Pretty fantastic croquetas. Perfectly crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside - artichoke taste was subtle but present.

SCALLOP (Chestnut, Citron, Quince)
This was a crudo dish, very good fresh scallops. The sauce was really nice - citrus based, with candied orange chunks. I liked it. Wife loved it.

SALMON (Raisins, Capers, Pine Nuts, Riesling Froth)
This was a special replacement for the "WRECKFISH" the night we were there. Salmon was cooked perfectly, rare - nice combination of flavors. Certainly on the sweet side.

POACHED EGG (Lamb Belly, Smoked Maple, Chives)
This was the highlight of the night. They called it "green egg and lamb" when they put it down. Chunks of sweet maple-glazed lamb belly and chives with a runny poached egg on top. Absolutely amazing. A must order.

BOAR-B-Q (Wild boar ribs, "barbecued" Romesco)
A giant, fall-off-the-bone rib, with a thin layer of romesco and green olive slices on top. A nice twist on BBQ ribs.

FOIE GRAS (Cauliflower Ice Cream, Toasted Almonds, Nasturtium)
Another knockout dish. Perfectly seared foie gras, went really well with the cauliflower ice cream - which was also marvelous.

This is when things got a little strange. We were still hungry and asked if we could order more. When we asked about the duck, we were (politely) told that it would take 15 minutes to cook and they had other reservations. Now while I certainly appreciate their desire to keep reservation times, it wasn't like we'd been there a long time - our reservation was at 8:15 and we were paid and out the door by 9:45.

We did order a couple more dishes, which were less successful. I'm not sure if that's because they were rushed, or we just got luckier with our first order:

CRACKED POTATOES (Sheep's milk cheese, paddlefish caviar)
Not a bad dish, and the cheese was good with a sort of yogurt-consistency. But probably the least memorable dish of the night.

CRISP OCTOPUS (red curry, charred cucumber, shiso)
The octopus itself was slightly salty (and I love salt) but I believe it was deep fried, which was absolutely delicious. Crispy on the outside and not too chewy on the inside. Not as tender as, say, 15 East's, but really enjoyable. The rest of the dish was a bit odd - circles of cucumber and curry.

One of the only holdouts from when Wesley was there, deliciously rich bruleed french toast. Still a great dessert.

Momofuku Ko,
15 East
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