It was very difficult to walk past Au Cheval but for once I had enough willpower to not ruin my dinner. Every time I go to Little Goat I swear that I will try something different, yet inevitably I stick with my favorite. Maybe next time….
I so look forward to every trip to Alinea and then feel so sad when it’s over. There is always a new dish that I am wowed by and the service is always impeccable. But what I often love most are the fantastic people who work here. I had heard such great things about the corn dish and it was indeed the highlight of the meal. I could have eaten four, a few black truffle explosions and called it a night. The other highlight of this menu for me was definitely the urchin. There are few foods that I don’t like and most of them present textural issues. I have tried and tried to like sea urchin, but I admittedly just don’t. To date the best uni course I’ve had was at 42 grams where it was on top of brioche and the textural contrast helped dramatically. This urchin course went a step further turning the urchin into a cake. For the first time I was able to just enjoy the flavor.
Urchin – cake, nori, vanilla
King crab – melon, lardo, honey
Skate – brown butter, lemon, herb stems
Tomato – ashed goat cheese, pistachio, licorice graffiti (on concrete)
Corn – truffle, manchego, sherry
Rhubarb – celery root, celery branch, licorice
(Somehow I missed a pic of this one)
Sweetbreads – orange, ginkgo nut, cinnamon chop sticks
Matsutake – pine, huckleberry, tapioca
Lily bulb – rambutan, distillation of caviar lime
Pork belly – parsnip, black trumpet, kombu
Hot potato cold potato
Duck – foie gras, lobster mushroom, dragon’s breath
Black truffle explosion
Blueberry – bubblegum, lilac, sorrel
Balloon – helium, green apple
Tropical fruit – rum, allspice, kafir lime
Three Dots and a Dash
Post-dinner drinks! Thank you Paul McGee for the always amazing hospitality!
Jet Pilot – dark Jamaican rum, gold Dominican rum, ovenproof rum, lime, cinnamon, grapefruit, falernum, absinthe, angostura bitters
Don’t Touch My Bikini – genever, coconut, lime, hellfire shrub, angostura bitters