Below is the listing of food that I had…Menu is at the end of my list. In some parts of the menu you were able to pick and choose what you wanted and some of the options cost a bit more, but were well worth it.
Flash photography was NOT allowed and these pictures were taken with Mr Carinae’s camera – a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. Also, another friend of ours took photos as well, so we’re not short of shots from that night, but this is a sampling of what I had.
Amuse-Bouche – Salmon with some kind of cream cheese wrapped in a little crunchy wrap…it looked like ice cream at first. Then I bit into it. It set the tone for what was to come.
Course 1 – I chose the Royal Ossetra Caviar
Course 2 – I chose Salad of Holland White Asparagus
Course 3 – Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna
Course 4 – Hand-Harvested Stonington Maine Scallop
Course 5 – Wolfe Ranch White Quail (according to someone at the table: “Best damn chicken nugget ever!”)
Course 6 – I chose Marcho Farm Nature-Fed Veal Rib-Eye
Course 7 – Andante Dairy “Acapella”
Course 8 – Verjus Blanc
Course 9 – I chose Passion Fruit “Swiss Roll”
While nine courses are listed, it truly felt like we had been served fourteen. I didn’t count the breads in between the courses, nor did I include the palate cleanser between Course 8 and 9. There were also sweets before Course 9, then Course 9 itself and then came out the chocolate truffles…and then the coffee and donuts…and then the toffee glazed chocolate macadamia nuts. Mercifully that ended the meal, but still – so much food for FOUR hours.
I literally cried from all the food. Like I was truly defeated. It’s not like they were huge portions. It was the fact that they were flavorful and the food kept coming at us for four hours. It was like a real life Plants vs Zombies, but we were the Plants that had to defeat the Zombies (food). We gave it a good go.
As always, please click on the image for the full-sized version.
Menus from our dinner
Wait, I thought Timothy Hollingsworth had left The French Laundry? I remember reading about it last year! Either way, it’s great we got to see him, despite the fact it was after midnight and everyone in the kitchen looked like they wanted go home…but they were still serving people!
Notice the little wafer at the top of the glass? It was to act like caramelized sugar in creme brûlée. The white frothy stuff tasted a bit like champagne to me and the fruits at the bottom tasted like passionfruit and something else. It was yummy.
Prior to that fabulous meal, Colin and I arrived on Friday night, staying at an adorable bed and breakfast called Oleander House, which is run by a lovely woman named Kathleen. We were able to get last minute reservations and I feel completely lucky. We had the ground floor garden room. It faced the street and there was a lot of light that came in, but I’m not as fussy as some other people. There were ear plugs on the bedside table. No worries. Once I’m down for the count, I’m down for the count. Breakfast was at 9am — what a great way to start the day!
When we arrived on Friday night, Colin and I went to Gott’s, a lovely roadside burger place. I got a white pistachio shake while he got a vanilla bean one…in the end, we swapped.
Saturday we had breakfast then puttered around, hitting Mustards Grill for lunch. What a delight that was. Seriously, we will have to take friends there. It was so lovely.
We had a lovely weekend up North.
Next place to dine at for us is The Restaurant at Meadowbrook…Maybe you would like to join us and our friends?