We had a Memorial meal at Saint Martha's this weekend. This was our second visit in a little over 6 months and it just gets better. Nick Erven's cooking reminds me a little of Jordan Khan's not as much in tricky presentation or complex textures but flavors. So many creative combinations that all work together. Each dish bringing new and unanticipated flavors. It is completely engaging. You can't talk about too much during this meal other than it because so many senses are getting triggered at once. His presentations are thoughtful and beautiful.
Fluke with nuoc cham, tiny green things and crispy rice cracker
This was the perfect start and like a french/korean crudo. The fluke was butter soft and the larger pieces had a great fullness in the mouth.
Mixed baby carrots with coconut, tamarind sriracha and puffed amaranth
My favorite dish - carrots fresh, whole, in multi-colored glory with what was like a dollop of coconut gelato but not too sweet as the 'fat' accompaniment. Yum.
Chicken skin granola with spiced date jam, sunchoke, parsnip milk and frozen foie gras
My date's favorite dish - was so creative. The warmth of the parship milk (which is addictive in flavor - nutty, slightly sweet, aromatic) melted the shaved-over-the-plate foie gras and you're left with the sweet/savory granola. like a bowl of fancy-pants cereal. This dish causes that can't-stop-taking-one-more-bite-loop.
Whole roasted trout with its roe, and a 'soup' of some sort I can't recall! But it was so delicious. The crisp on the trout skin just perfection. Amazing dish. Being from Louisiana, I love trout and wish I found it on more menus. He did it completely right.
The wine list is great too and really fun because you can order tastes which work well with the many dishes - you can keep changing it up without having 4 full glasses. I stuck to the dry whites - spanish, loire, santa ynez roses. All excellent. The beer menu is also great and Anthony - manager - brought us a 101 cider to try that was killer.
Sorry no pics - very intimate space - didn't want to be snapping away. Portions were nice sized and easy to share and waiter did a great job of coursing us out - a true art so appreciated. And price point excellent for quality. It won't be 6 months before we go back to visit Saint Martha.