Hi all... Wife and I went to Gorikee for an early New Year celebration last night. We both had the special lobster menu, which ends after Dec. 31st. This menu defines what we like about Gorikee: that elegant food can be simple and comforting. Here's what we had:
1) a trio of lobster appetizers on an oversized plate: a wine glass fill with tender seaweed, cucumber dice, and lobster claw, all drizzled with a mild ginger vinaigrette; then a salad of arugula with white and pink grapfruit sections, topped with gems of lobster nuggets and dressed with a balsamic reduction (the acidity of the grapefruits was enough, and the balsamic was gilding the lily); and finally an appetizer of panfried lobster potstickers served with dual sauces of miso mayo and cilantro pesto.
2) soup course of the best lobester bisque this hound has tasted. Roasted garlic was infused into the soup, which mas a creamy deep mahogony colour from the heavily reduced stock made from roasted lobster shells. Everyone in the restaurant was ordering this bisque, and the kitchen ran out of it soon thereafter.
3) main entree of generous lobster medallions naped with a white truffle sauce and sided with peeled asparagus and garlicky mashed potatoes. This is what comfort food at your dinner table in heaven will taste like.
4) a bracing dessert of Yuzu sherbet served in a martini glass. It is my understanding that yuzu is an especially fragrant japanese lemon, and this adult slushee could only have been improved by a dousing of absolut citron vodka...
We both had this menu and the total bill came to just $70 before tax and tip. Incredible. We presented chef with a small bag of satsuma tangerines, for good luck in the New Year. His kitchen is very friendly to customers, so pop in to tell chef and his assistant how you enjoyed the meal. Oh and as usual, Ella and Patrick were there to balnace the service with their respective yang and yin energies... We were sated !