I went to Salts on Thursday night and after scanning the board decided to go for the tasting menu. We were offered a choice of 5, 7, or 9 courses, and guessing(correctly) that there would be extras we went for the five course.
Amuse: Butternut squash soup. This was very rich and creamy with a swirl of balsamic vinegar. Sweet and a great start to the meal.
First Course: Heirloom Tomato Salad. This consisted of a stack of purple, green, yellow, and red tomatoes, topped with tomato sorbet. As a tomato lover, I was in heaven, the sorbet was particularly intense with flavor.
Second Course: Hamachi Sashimi. Cured with lemon, sugar, and spanish paprika. This was one piece of fish! Firm yet melting mouthfeel and strong citrus flavor.
Third Course: Ballotine of Free Range Chicken. This was chicken boned and stuffed back into the skin, then rolled and roasted. I never order chicken in restaurants so I was glad to see this on the tasting menu. Unbelievable chicken flavor, with white bean puree and fried sage leaves.
Fourth Course: Wagyu beef. This was Kobe style american beef, a small piece of tenderloin sliced and served with prune puree, glazed carrots and onion, and four different salts. Hawaiian pink and black, smoked Norwegian and fleur de sel. Maybe the best piece of beef I have ever had.
Pre Dessert: A small scoop of pineapple mint sorbet in a little cone of fortune cookie-like cracker with sesame seeds. This was very good, intense minty flavor and a good palate cleanser after a long meal.
Dessert: Mini chocolate cake with coconut ice cream and a coconut rum frappe. The cake was good, with a molten center, fairly typical. The ice cream was awesome, whoever makes the sorbet and ice cream really knows what they are doing. The frappe was unreal. Maybe the best single piece of food all night. I would gladly have paid $20 for a full size frappe.
All around one of the best meals I have ever had. Service was perfect. The manager, who I believe is the owner was super friendly and even helped me out with directions when I got lost on the way in. A little pricey but I think it is worth it. The five course menu was $65 per person, but like I said, it is really more like a seven course. I would highly recommend for anyone looking for a special dinner.