I had the pleasure of eating at StudioKitchen last night for the fist time. What a fabulous experience it was! Not only is Shola extremely talented at his art and his craft, but he is a extremely bright, interesting, and insightful person. I wish him the best of luck with his plans to open a restaurant. I feel lucky to have experienced this more intimate eating experience.
The dining room was redesigned a couple of months ago. He did a wonderful job--large comfortable chairs and rich, dark wood. And I love his place settings--interesting textiles, large while plates and bowls, and classy stemware--not to mention the plating of food.
Below is the menu for those of you who might be interested.
Red Lentil Soup
The soup was so smooth and flavorful, and the ragout included wonderful seared chunks of lamb.
Scallops Roasted with Fennel Pollen
Cauliflower Almond Puree
Let's just say this, I could have eaten a huge bowl of the cauliflower!
Ricotta Herb Gnocchi
Poached Chicken, Peas, Truffle Butter
The gnocchi were the lightest I have ever eaten. And personally, I love anything with peas, so this was a definite winner.
Slow Roasted Arctic Char
Butternut Squash Puree
Braised Short Rib Juices
The fish was perfectly cooked--moist inside. The short rib was lean and, of course, full of flavor.
Chocolate Coulant with Coacoa Nibs
Malted Milk Shake
White Pepper Mascarpone Ice Cream
'Nuff said: malted milk shake! What I really enjoyed about his coulant and the ice cream was that they were not very sweet. He said the ice cream had half the sugar of typical ice creams. Without the cloying sweetness, the flavors of the marscapone, white pepper, and chocolate really shown through.