So last week I asked for recs from this board on which tasting menu to go to . . . and you all gave wonderful feedback, we almost went to Melisse, but stayed with Spagos, so here is my review.
I will preface this with, this is yet another long review about Spagos, but I thought I would include it, because we had some different dishes than previous posters had. So if you're tired of reading about Spagos food, please stop here otherwise, here it goes. Please enjoy!
We arrived at Spagos 7pm on time. We were seated in the lovely patio. I definitely recommend the patio. The weather was absolutely perfect. Couldn't have asked for a better ambience. It was romantic. We forgot our camera though, but its ok =)
Everything was absolutely wonderful. I don't have a bad thing to say about the food. We did the Tasting Menu, we had very high expectations as having read tons of reviews, and it did not disappoint!
I didn't get to write anything down and I couldn't remember all the fancy names of each dish, so this is my own rendition with some names of dishes from other posts?
~ Billecart Salmon Brut Rose ~
~ Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut ~
I truly enjoyed the amuses. They were bite sizes bursting with wonderful flavors. So much fun to eat, presented one after another, wonderful sampling of tastes for our taste buds.
~Honey Sesame Cone avec Tuna Tartar - This was a crispy subtley sweet sesame wrapper with succulent little chunks of tuna and small sprouts - fancy face lifted version of spicy tuna roll but delicious. The crunchy and soft textures and the sweetness of the cone and flavors of the tuna were just an amazing combination. We had this last time as well and vividly remember it being just as wonderful.
~*Foie Gras Mousse on Kumquat Tart - I loved this little amuse. It definitely whetted my pallete for more to come. It was absolutely delicious - I wanted to save this for last but I didn't hehe. It was my favorite - but I might just be a sucker for foie gras.
~Blini (pancake) Smothered with Dill Sauce?, Topped with Smoked Salmon and Salmon Caviar (ikura) - I liked the ikura and salmon - the sauce was a lil too creamy for me, but still enjoyable.
~Bruschetta with fava bean topped with an opaque sliver - This was interesting, not my favorite. We couldn't figure out what the translucent sliver was - it was definitely salty.
~Bacon Confit - This was melt in your mouth delicious. As Richard put it, you couldn't tell where the bacon began and the confit ended. The flavors were wonderful. It was a little puffed pastry with bacon inside.
on to the tasting . . .
*~The Tasting Menu~*
1st Course ~ Oyster Gratin with Osetra Caviar from Iran ~ A small subtle yet refreshing delicate oyster bathing in a creamy sauce crowned with a dollop of caviar. This was truly wonderful. So delicate yet full of subtle flavor. I loved it. Digression - Very fun to eat, served on an eye shaped place and the oyster was sort of like the eye ball (ok that didn't sound all that appetizing hehe). The spoon we ate with was made of ivory.
2nd Course ~ Proscuitto and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad ~ with artichokes, peppers, and a very light vinagrette. When I ate a little piece of everything, this made my mouth so happy. It was so delicious. I loved the buffalo mozzarella.
3rd Course ~ Lightly Battered Tempura Fried Soft Shell Crab ~ with some green sauce - not sure what it was but this was a wonderful dish as well. My bf preferred the legs more but I enjoyed the body of the soft shell crab more. I love soft shell crab and this was a very nice version.
4th Course ~ Pan Roasted Sea Bass with Bacon ~ or it was more like tender juicy pork bits and mushrooms - when you eat a little bit of everything together, it was heaven. I couldn't believe how good it tasted.
5th Course ~ Risotto with Sauteed Porcini Mushrooms ~ the risotto was a little bit hard for me, but I did enjoy the mushrooms very much. They had a very woody earthy flavor.
6th Course ~ Breast of rare duck served with orange sauce ~ delicious - tender pieces of duck with slivers of onions. Wonderful.
7th Course ~ Sonoma lamb with fava beans and a green sauce ~ boyfriend's favorite - the lamb was served medium rare and was so juicy and tender. It melted in your mouth.
8th Course ~ Assorted cheese with Grilled Walnut Bread ~ the cheeses went really well with the bread. We were really full by then, so we took these home. I can't wait to enjoy them tonight! I am learning more and more about cheeses and really learning to appreciate them. I really couldn't remember any of the names of the cheese we had, but my favorite was the soft and mild whiteish one hehe. We had an assorted variety of goat cheese, sheep cheese, and some soft and mild, others sharp and firm. Very nice selection.
9th Course ~ Huckleberry merlot granita with lemon sorbet ~ it was a nice palette cleanser.
10th Course ~ Flourless Chocolate Cake? with Raspberry sauce and Espresso Ice Cream? topping a meringue ~ It was a nice end to the wonderful meal.
Thanks for reading!