hello all...went to MK last night for a try at the new fall tasting menu. it was very good, although the items were not unusually creative. a lot of usual combos, except that the ingredients were excellent. still, there were some standouts.
to start, they gave us a little tease of a butternut squash soup with lobster and an herb oil drizzled on top. this was delicious and set the fall theme into motion with the sweetness and starchiness of the squash balancing well with the delicate sweetness of the lobster. next came the salad, which was various beans, marinated peppers, and hazelnuts along with greens. basic but effective. the scallops followed and were paired with arugula and a miso broth. the scallops themselves were great but i felt that the miso broth added too much saltiness. the arugula offered a bitter contrast to the sweet scallops (an idea the chef kept returning to...) but the broth was too salty and threw it off balance just a bit. the third course was halibut in a curry oil with almond puree and pears. this was delicious. the curry oil went wonderfully with the halibut and the puree and pears were subtle and didn't compete with the halibut. i had never had curried halibut before and was really pleasantly surprised at how natural it tasted. this dish was a real winner. next came the kobe beef with chicories and a green italian "salsa" which was very much like a pesto although modified in a way i couldn't discern, perhaps some citrus was added. this was also satisfying. the beef, of course, was of great quality and was properly cooked to a medium rare. the chicory added a bitter cintrast to the beef in a way that a variety of the earlier courses had also done. the pseudo-pesto was a great choice to accompany the beef. again, i was really happy with this dish. the cheese course came next (an extra 9 dollars for this treat), but we were not given a description of our cheeses and had to wait and ask our server to describe it for us. we had a bleu, a cheddar, 2 goat's cheeses, a queso fresco, and a camembert with dried apricots, walnuts, grapes, and a variety of crackers. and for desert, the dleicious pumpkin tart with pumpkin seed brittle and cream. this was a really delicious desert that was too small, as i could have eaten 3 of these things. technically, they were a good size, but they were so good i wanted more. all in all, (my time is running out and i have to leave) the food was very good but only a few dishes showed off the chef's creativity. the service was prompt but lacking in one major way. the staff never told us what we were etaing. our food was dropped off, announced as "scallops" and thenw e were left to try to remember what was with it. especially annoying was the service with the cheeses, as we did not know what they all were. we had to flag down our server and have her describe them to us. they weren't so busy that this was acceptable, although come ot think of it, it never should be. that's all
price 71 per person
had one beer and two glasses of wine for the table, total was $185 without tip.