My husband and I have a boozy lunch on the last working day before Christmas at Spago. This year we were joined by my MIL and a guest.
It is absolutely essential that you not even think about going back to work after a boozy lunch. The boozy lunch *will fail* if you even consider it. It isn't required but it is a good idea to start a boozy lunch with champagne or an aperitif.
The patio was rained out so the staff was hustling to accommodate all of the reservations. Wish they could do something about the noise which was exacerbated by the absence of the patio seating.
The bar was serving Billecart Salmon Rose Champagne from Jeroboams. Very festive. We started with a (regular) bottle and then proceeded to down another two. Holidays, hurrah!
I generally go Austrian at Spago. Not a fan of the overly sweet fusion elements.
Alert: You must be canny while ordering. The portions are always larger and more filling than you expect. Dessert is superb but it takes restraint to get there. The wise woman would not order two courses and dessert rendering her senseless for six hours.
I hope to be wise when I am older.
We sampled chicken bouillon with crepes, foie gras in grape reduction, farmer's cheese ravioli in brown butter with hazelnuts, goulash, the sturgeon and salmon platter with warm blini, and the lobster club. Everything I tried was delicious. Standouts included the ravioli, goulash, fish, and desserts.
We finished with excellent bread and butter pudding and the lemon and huckleberry dessert (toasted lemon pound cake with compote, lemon curd crème brulee, huckleberry sorbet covered lemon ice cream).
Next up: Sea Harbor and/or Hitching Post