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Exquisite Meal at Per Se Last Night (very long)

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Exquisite Meal at Per Se Last Night (very long)

Ellen | Sep 23, 2005 09:55 AM

I've just returned from my third dinner at Per Se in seven months, and the experience gets better with each visit (the first visit was also wonderful, but last night was pure heaven). We dined on the 9 course tasting menu. It is a lot of food, but each course is wonderful. We started with the pearls (tapioca), oyster and caviar--we wanted a larger portion since it's so delicious! The next course we asked for a substitution from the 5 course menu of "peanut butter and jelly" foie gras--large portion of perfectly seared foie gras with chopped peanuts on top with a grape sauce--truly a must! That was followed by a wonderful preparation of lobster cooked sous vide style with a lovely sauce; the lobster was so flavorful. Next was a white fish course (don't remember the name) which was also great. That was followed by a course of Pekin duck breast; 4 lovely slices of the best duck breast with just a touch of fat. We then chose the Waygu beef course ($100 supplement though) that was delicious and prepared a perfect medium rare with hen of the woods mushrooms and a lovely spoonful of a spinach puree. A cheese course did follow that was merely ok (the cheese was a hard goat cheese; I prefer a brie-like cheese myself). That was followed by a lovely small serving of granny smith apple sorbet with a creme fraiche sauce--perfect after such a great meal. Then we had dessert. I asked for the "Tiramisu" instead of the Sacher Torte. There was a large scoop of coffee ice cream that the server poured a chocolate sauce over. The sauce hardened into a lovely shell--wonderful. After that we had a small portion of a perfect creme brulee and a small portion of yogurt pot de creme with strawberry jam to share. We also had a small wonderful gift of the most wonderful mini-donut and what seemed like a somewhat frozen mini capuccino. By the way, Per Se makes the best espresso and capuccino anywhere. For the finale, the server brings over a selection of a variety of 8 different chocolates. I could only manage to eat one--a lovely milk chocolate with orange essence. Needless to say I'll be dieting through next week. If you haven't been to Per Se you owe yourself a visit. If you've been to Per Se, you owe yourself a return visit. The total bill with a glass of champagne each was $800--high, but well worth it for a truly memorable meal. Also, we had a 5:30 reservation and we didn't leave until almost 8:30 and no one rushed us at all. Service was perfect too!

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