We had another outstanding meal at Larkspur last week. We still love the room, the service and the food. We were seated at one of the tables tucked into a quiet corner with views of every other table in the restaurant. Talk about people watching! Service was unobtrusive yet attentive.
Starters were a Seared Sonoma Fois Gras in a roasted sunchoke potage and black currant puree, Peekytoe Crab Cake on greens with preserved lemon creme fraiche, and finally Sashimi of Hamachi & Bigeye Tuna Tartare with daikon, blood orange and yuzu sauce. All the apps were excellent and I would hate to have to choose just one!
My wife had dining director Jelena Musa's recommendation, a main course of Hawaiian Bigeye Tuna with lentils du puy, pickled winter vegetables and fois gras emulsion with seared fois gras. The tuna, just barely seared, was so incredible it would almost melt in your mouth. The fois gras was an absolutely decadent addition. The "pickled winter vegetables" were carrots and parsnips that were lightly pickled and a great foil to the richness of the tuna and fois gras. Superb!
I ordered the Heritage Farms Pork Chop with smoked gouda grits and pomegranate-pistachio relish. I have never, ever tasted pork like this! It was absolutely wonderful. It was cooked perfectly moist and I just cannot describe the flavor. It just filled my mouth. The grits were a perfect accompaniment and the texture and flavor of the relish was different and excellent. We had also ordered a side of creamed spinach that worked perfectly with the pork.
Dessert -- as many times as we have been to Larkspur, we had never had the signature creme-filled donuts with malted chocolate milk. They were good, but I have enjoyed other desserts there more. I'll go back to some of the other desserts next time!
There was one off-menu special announced by our server when he first spoke with us -- every bottle of wine in the house was 50% off, and this is a restaurant that holds a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Yes, the prices are high to begin with -- remember this is Vail -- but this unadvertised special is a real deal.
So, another great meal at Larkspur. It keeps getting better and better. We will be back soon. This Friday?