Finally made it to EVOO. My boyfriend treated me to this meal since I'll be in India for the next 10 weeks!
We had the tasting menu with the wine pairing. I won't comment on the wine too much, but will say that the pairings were mostly excellent and always complemented the food while enhancing the flavor of the wine.
By the way, the host informed us that there are 16 separate tasting menus that are rotated. The variance is probably not much, but its good to know that there is a low probablilty that you'll hit the same one twice (well, 1/16 chance!).
Course 1: Country pate with whole grain mustard, cornichons and topped with rosemary infused concord grape jelly. Great coarse pate, wrapped in a piece of deeply smoked bacon. The jelly did wonders with the salty and sour flavors.
Course 2: The infamous cornmeal fried oysters, with spicy apple-bacon salsa and goat cheese spread. Light and delicious. Nice and spicy salsa.
Course 3: Rabbit confit salad with port-soaked cherries, pecans and aged cheddar. Confit had a dry, stringy/chewy texture (not all together unpleasant). Dressing could have been more pronouced. Cherries were wonderful.
Course 4: Seared sea scallop in lemongrass-coconut broth topped with shrimp wonton and four radish salad. Perfectly cooked scallop, delectable broth, predictable wonton.
Course 5: Chinese take-out box. Rice topped with braised beef, cabbage, and topped with large shrimp. Although we were told this was the most popular dish on the menu, we only found it an amusing presentation. The dish was like a high-end Chinese take-out dish, though I appreciated the spiciness and the rather large portion.
Course 6: Duck, duck, goose. Rare seared goose breast, foie gras on top of crispy duck skin and duck confit, all with lentils. Wonderfully rich and decadent.
Course 7: Aged cheddar with home dried prunes soaked in Armagnac. The cheddar was a bit too thick although prune and the accompanying port was well received.
Course 8: Chocolate chipotle cheesecake with cinnamon whipped cream and orange slices. Wow. The slow burn of the chipotle peppers tempered by the oranges and whipped cream was a spectacular experience. Flawless.
All in all, EVOO's bold use of spiciness and flavor were welcomed. The wine pairings are certainly worth it, and I am anxious to go back to try another combination of unique flavors!
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