This past Saturday dinner out was unlike any other we have experienced. Chef Santos not only made truffletastic dishes but he was also able to surround his dining table with some of the most food obsessed people we have met yet!
This ravenous,rowdy, truffle loving crew ate, drank and talked into the wee hours. Dave could hardly get a word in edge wise. These in depth discussions, some heated at times, surrounded the groups exotic food adventures. Some of the top trending restaurants convos of the night were about the following: Um Segredo (obviously) Eleven Madison Park, Brooklyn Fare, Roberta’s and how to get a spot for the tasting menu (Roz and “M”managed this somehow) Corton, Bouley, Sushi Yasuda, Jung Sik… just to name a few. These people have been everywhere and clearly know their stuff! It was a humbling experience indeed.
So onto the food pics…
Amuse: Uni, grapefruit and truffles
Chestnut Veloute: Crispy sweet breads, Black trumpets puree, Black truffles
Red Wine Poached duck Egg
Creamy polenta, Parmesan foam, White truffles
From what everyone was saying at the table, this was the tables favorite dish of the night. One could definitely taste the subtle hints of red wine in the egg, making the flavors subtly complex. The generous amount of shaved truffles the pushed the humble polenta into a much more decadent realm. Incredible!
Celery root puree, Seared romaine, Black truffle vinaigrette
Roasted Iowa Farms Pork Loin & Belly
Heirloom fingerling’s, Pearl onions, Foie gras emulsion, Shaved white truffles
By the time this dish came out I was almost entirely full. I did however find a way to make some room. Who could resist a perfectly cooked piece of pork Belly combined with Foie and shaved truffles? I didn’t know it was possible to find all my favorite items on one plate.
Cheddar crisps, Spice ice cream
Below are some scenes from the dinner.
To follow the food lives of some our fellow dinner guests check out the following links: Roz and “M” Ben Bronstein Yvonne johnson
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