This is my first time at this resturant and I was very reluctant at first as I always tend to have very bad experiences at resturants for holiday set menus and I really did not want to get a bad first impression of this place. However, it was very good and I will definitley return (perhaps for their 21 course as I hear very good things about it). The New Years menu was a five course set, with two choices for each of the first four courses.
I started with a watercrest and asparagus soup with poached salmon and caviar. It was very pleasant and the salmon went surprisingly well. Second course I had an endive salad with a vingarette dressing made with truffle oil, topped with some truffle shavings. This was incredibley good. It was just great. Third course I had seared scallops with foie gras butter. This was pretty good, a bit salty though on the scallops. But the scallops were cooked just right. For the fourth dish I had a duck with dates and something else I don't really remember. It was very tasty, good duck, but a bit over cooked for my taste.
My girlfriend had the same first course with her second course scallop ceviche with grapefruit and wasabi oil dressing. The scallops were very fresh, but the wasabi dressing was weak. It tasted more like eating a scallop sushi to me. For the third course, she had Artic Char with fennel and tomatoes. This was very excellent. The char was just so fresh and tastely, the fennel was extremely good (I think my girlfriend liked the fennel portion the best). For the fourth course she had a slow cooked (don't remember if it was brasied or not) beef shoulder with a cranberry sauce. It was very strong in flavors and was very tender. For myself, I thought it was a bit heavy on the coriander.
Fifth course was desert, but it was all preselected. It was, I think a chocolate mousse with a rum soaked cake at the bottom. It was pretty good. I assume they just selected a dessert that was easy to serve and prepare ahead of time. Over all, the meal was very good. Service was excellent. Price was not bad for new years dinner compared to the likes of Spago and such (it was $135 a person at Noe and about $300 at Spago). Corkage was $15 which, I think is not too bad. I did take a glance at their wine list. Prices arent' over the top, mostly California wine on the list. I would recommend bring your own wine if you are picky. Overall it was a good holiday prefixe menu and gave me a good first impression of the resturant. So I expect when I return to Noe, it will be even better.