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One INCREDIBLE meal at Everest!


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One INCREDIBLE meal at Everest!

DKS1 | Apr 16, 2007 09:30 AM

Thanks to all of you who helped me whittle my decision as to where to take my husband for his birthday this past weekend. I decided on Everest and was not disappointed!

Although the room in general was a little more formal than we typically would want, it was also what we expected. The service was just about perfect, and wasn't as stuffy as it could have been, given the setting and the prices.

We chose to do the simple (and minimum) three-course dinner option. We were quite pleasantly surprised that portions were ample - in fact, I left feeling absolutely stuffed! But each and every bite was scrumptious and perfectly executed...

To start, I had 2 large, perfectly seared sea scallops with a potato mousaline. I could have bathed in it! Absolutely delicious. My husband had the onion bouillon with braised oxtail and a thin slice of parmesan on top. I did not try this, but he said it was outstanding. He also managed to get every last bit of soup into his spoon; his efforts were noteworthy!

And the amuse bouche, before I forget, consisted of a whipped catfish mousse (I know, sounds a little iffy, but it was delicious!), a cool asparagus soup with a small, sauteed cremini mushroom, and a bit of slow-roasted salmon with chantarelle mushrooms. All incredible!

For our main entrees, I had wild sea bass which was prepared "Alsace Style," meaning cooked in an iron pot with a "stew" of small diced carrots and potatoes, small chunks of bacon for flavor, and a delicious onion-based "broth." It was outstanding, came out piping hot, and like I said earlier, the portion was perfect. My husband had a New York Stip, cooked medium, along with sauteed green beans and these delicious, little mashed potato balls... Not sure exactly what thy called them, but again, everything was heavenly and absolutely cooked to perfection! I don't even eat red meat, and I could have eaten his steak in less time than he did (I cheated and tried a bite)!

For dessert, my husband pre-ordered their chocolate souffle - mmmmm. I ordered the "Chocolate" which consisted of 5 "chocolate fantasy" samples. There was a small scoop of chocolate ice cream in the center of the plate, enclosed with a chocolate wafer cookie "ribbon"; a chocolate-macadamia nut tart, a small piece of "liquid chocolate cake," a chocolate (and banana perhaps?) madeleine, and some other chocolate-walnut concoction that resembled a dense torte. Every bite was amazing. And I did finish EVERY LAST BITE!! It was quite a show, I must say!

So... if anyone is looking for a special occasion dining experience, this would be a fantastic choice! True, there are several other places that are in the same category as Everest - if not maybe better - but the food was absolutely PERFECT, and that, to me, is the most important part!

Bon appetit!

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