OK, time to kick it into high gear. 3 Star Restaurants from here on out.
Day 3: Star Count 12
The 3 Star French inspired seafood restaurant did not disappoint. At $336 pre-T&T, the 8 course tasting with wine pairings menu is pricey but boy it was a damn good lunch.
First Course: Tairagi
- Charred Raw Tairagai Clam; Shaved Baby Fennel, Apple Ginger Broth
- Reuilly, Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine de Reuilly, “Les Pierres Plates”
Second Course: King Fish-Caviar
- Warm King Fish “Sashimi”; Osetra Caviar, Light Mariniere Broth
- Yuki No Bosha, Yamahai Jummai Sake
Third Course: Langoustine
- Sauteed Langoustine; Truffle and Chanterelle Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Cotes de Jura, Chardonnay, En Griffez, Domaine de L’Aigle a Deux Tetes
Fourth Course: Lobster
- Lobster “Lasagna”; Celeriac, Truffle Butter
- Cidre, Grand Brut, Cidrerie du Vulcan
Fifth Course: Monkfish
- Pan Roasted Monkfish; Tarragon Scented Pea Puree, Armagnac-Black Pepper Sauce
- Le Cigare Blanc, Bonny Doon Vineyard
Sixth Course: White Tuna-Kobe Beef
- Grilled Escolar and Seared Wagyu Beef; Fresh Kimchi, Asian Pear, Soy-Lemon Emulsion
- Barolo, Cascina Fontana
Seventh Course: Strawberry
- Pistachio Mousse, Strawberry, Sorbet
- Beerenauslese, Alois Kracher
Eighth Course: S’mores
- Smoked Madagascan Chocolate Cremeux, Graham Cracker, Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream
- “Sitia” Late Harvest
Everything about Le Bernardin at lunch just says fine dining and elegance. From the moment you walk in and notice the high ceilings and white everywhere. Noise level was surprisingly low considering number of people there. Only one complaint here and if you read my previous post, you might be able to guess what it is? Truffles. Why more truffles still? Oddly, of the two dishes with the truffle one was balanced perfectly while the other was overtruffled. The Languostine was debatably one of the best if not the best single dish I had the entire trip. The Lobster Lasagna not so much. Wasn’t really able to tastethe lobster or feel the texture. So, this got me thinking why it would be that one dish used the truffles beautifully but the next complete opposite. Also I noticed a not so fresh lobster at Del Posto a couple days prior, so my only reasoning is that for there was no fresh delivery of Maine lobsters Sunday and Monday which led to an attempt to cover up with truffle. Either way, the lasagna was still palatable but a polite feedback of the overtruffling was relayed back to the chef.
My Rating: 4.5/5 The Lobster was the only reason I couldn’t give a 5
No photographs allowed, but I did pick up this nice Menu for the Bellacour Tasting menu.
OMG Yes please. Hands down 5/5. My experience at Daniel far exceeded my expectations. Every dish, and I mean every dish, was cooked to perfection. Seasoning was spot on and the flavour profile of each dish was just so complex yet balanced. On top of the superb food there was a generous smattering of complimentary courses. Now I don’t know if that is standard or not, but I know for certain there were at least 2-3 full fledged courses that were not on the menu that was served. This could be due to the fact that the waitstaff had originally thought that I worked in The Industry. I guess not very many people go to a 3 Michelin Star restaurant alone looking like a total boss. Regardless of the reason, I got special visits from both the General Manager and the Service Director and managed to secure a complimentary wine tasting on my next trip to Daniel (which should honestly make Daniel a 6/5 rating). And at a $440 price point normally (I also got charged for the $130 wine pairings when I actually got the $220), I would say It was well worth it. Definitely going to go back next time I’m in town.