I had another good Saturday lunch at Picholine recently. I continued with the $35 prix fixe menu, ordering different dishes from those previously sampled.
There are no amuses during the Saturday prix fixe lunch. I had a glass of Krug Grand Cuvee ($30) with the meal. :) I had been wanting to have this Krug again since I recently saw it available by the glass at the Mandarin Oriental bar close to Asiate (and ordered something else). With coffee, it was about $75/person for the Picholine lunch after tax and before tips. That's with a glass of Krug included in the total :)
-- Parmesan Gnocchi, Braised Niman Ranch pork belly and parsley pisto. A good-plus plus dish that was well-constructed. Soft-ish gnocchi with the punch of slices of nicely developed parmesan and medium-sized pieces (1/2 pinkie in length) of very very fatty Niman Ranch pork belly. Very nicely, the pork belly was over 75% fat, relative to meat with the fat and meat in different layers like one sometimes finds in certain Chinese roasted meats (not BBQ pork, but a type of pork). The saucing was thin and meat-stock-based and tasty. Nice non-overcooked vegetables included, including yellow beetroot, turnip. I liked this dish.
My dining companion had the hamachi carpaccio I had previously taken in, and liked it too.
-- Wild Columbia River Sturgeon, Rutabaga Sauerkraut, Mustard and beurre rouge. This dish was appropriate, although the sturgeon was slightly overcooked (but only relative to my specified cooking level of a bit less cooked than medium rare). The beurre rouge saucing was quite acidic, but this was entirely appropriate to the dish. The mustard was appropriately almost negliglbe in the dish.
-- Warm Mulled Apple Cider Soup, Almond Financier, Winter Fruit Compote and Roasted Apples. It's become increasingly difficult for me to sample, and evaluate, desserts at all restaurants. This seemed appropriate, although I didn't sample very much of it :)