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Momofuku Ko Lunch

ellenost | Sep 13, 2008 05:58 PM

It's exquisite! I had dinner at Ko in July, and loved it. I've been trying to get another dinner reservation since with no luck. I tried for lunch and got the Saturday lunch reservation. Even though lunch is more expensive ($160 v. $100) and it takes longer (3 hours v. 2 hours), I actually prefer the lunch. It's such an extravagant indulgence. 16 creative courses perfectly paced over 3 hours. Since there is only one seating, there is no rush at all. Chefs are friendly, and service is knowledgeable and attentive. No attitude at all. I decided not to have the wine pairings since the last time I had them with dinner, and was slightly tipsy. I had a half bottle of a very nice blanc de blanc champagne that worked beautifully with all of the courses. I finished it before dessert which was fine. Courses ranged from a nice amuse of a corn cup with pork and a potato crisp with creme fraiche and ossetra caviar, followed by oyster, hamachi, fluke, scallop, lobster o-toro, deep fried poached egg, soup, sea bass, beef carpaccio, sea bass, the always wonderful signature dish of shaved foie gras torchon, riesling gelee and lychee, lamb, cheese, peach sorbet and corn and chocolate square. Yummy to all! My least favorite was the fluke (but I'm not a big fan of fluke anyway). Too many favorites to mention. Portions at first don't seem large, but after 16 courses, they're perfectly sized. I'm a fan and can't wait to get another lunch reservation.

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