O Noble Hounds of Chow -
It seems that many restaurants that offer tasting menus require that the entire table participate. Does anyone know why this is? Is it a matter of pacing and logistics?
I would love to try Citronelle's tasting menu, for example, but am married to the man with the Naugahyde palate (to borrow a phrase from Calvin Trillin). Here's the example Michel tasting menu from Citronelle's website, and my husband's reaction to each dish:
Amuse Bouche (It depends on what it is, but if it's anything weird you can have mine.)
Foie Gras Sauted with Hazelnut Emulsion (That's the liver stuff, ick. And I don't like nuts.)
Santa Barbara Prawns with Roma Tomato Tart (Okay, I'll eat that.)
Frogs Legs, Enoki Flan, Garlic Chervil Sauce (Ewwwww! I don't care if you say it tastes like chicken!)
Lobster Medallion, Parsnip Gratin, Lobster Ginger Emulsion (Yeah, I guess so, but I'm not crazy about lobster.)
Squab Four Ways (Is that like chicken? Okay, but only if it doesn't come with the head still attached.)
Cheese, Romaine Salad & Goat Cheese Roulade (I don't like weird cheeses.)
Dessert Selection from our regular menu (They have cheesecake, I like cheesecake.)
Petits Fours (What are those? Oh, okay, I'll probably try one.)
So you see what I'm working with here. He doesn't mind if I eat "weird" food, but he sticks with conservative choices.
Who has tasting menus that do NOT require the whole table participating?
(note - I'm talking about set tasting menus, not prix fixe where you choose from a selection for each part of the meal)