Sunday, January 31, 2010

Alinea

(image via Alinea)

TASTING


CHAR ROE traditional garnishes
Cocktail of Henriot Brut with Chartruse, Akvavit, and Orange Curacao

DISTILLATION of thai flavors

PORK BELLY curry, cucumber, lime
Abbazia di Novacella Kerner, Valle Isarco, Alto Adige 2008

STURGEON potato, leek, smoke
Movia 'Veliko Biancoi', Slovenia 2004

HOT POTATO cold potato, black truffle, butter

FILET DE BOEUF godard
Domaine Saint Martin Fixin-Hervelets I er Cru, Cote de Nuits 2005

GOOSE stuffing, prune, juniper aroma

DUCK chestnut, mace, orange
d'Arenberg 'The Twentyeight Road' Mourvedre, McLaren Vale, Australia 2006
EGGNOG pedro ximenez, benedictine, buffalo trace

PEANUT BUTTER dried and spicy

THAI BANANA beer, mustard, pecans

HAY burnt sugar, coffee, huckleberry
Klein Constantia 'Vin de Constance', South Africa 2004

CHOCOLATE
coconut, menthol, hyssop
Ramos-Pinto 20 year Tawny Port

BUBBLE GUM long pepper, hibiscus creme fraiche

(Sturgeon, Potato, Leek, Smoke)

In a word...Perfection.
Simply stated...The. Best. Meal. of. my. Life.
And I enjoyed it with The. Best. Friend. of. my. Life.

Alinea's dishes were as close to flawless as I have ever tasted.
deft.
finesse.
whimsy.
skill.
We visited a veritable fairy land on plate, paid respect to Escoffier, wrapped spring rolls, and ate nearly every part of a duck.
We finished this meal with bubble gum.
Every meal should end with bubble gum and laughter.
I ate the single best thing I have ever tasted in my life.
Seriously.
And yes, it contained a truffle.

The service at Alinea is
unpretentious,
confident,
humorous,
educational,
and warm.
It was as if they had been waiting for us all day and I almost felt like they didn't want us to leave.
It was an emotional dining experience.
Nearing the end of our meal I looked at one of our hardworking servers and said,
"The only way I can justify dining like this, justify being open to this experience, is knowing if you came to my house I would treat you exactly the same way as you've treated us tonight...except there would be beer."
And he said, "Hey, I like beer."
I swear I almost hugged him when we left.

No dining experience has ever made me feel as special and deserving as this restaurant did last night.
If you have the means you must go; you simply must.

5 comments:

Angela said...

I'm so excited you got to experience this. The menu looks amazing!

Mary said...

What a great gift for you and Leif on your anniversary.

Tee said...

How very special! Did you get to keep the menu?

Nubia said...

wow...if that's not a recommendation, then I don't know what is! I'm definitely have to keep this in mind for the next fabu meal planned!

Andrew said...

Congratulations, dear, and it sounds like you had a wonderful evening. How perfect that you had the opportunity to experience the results of another chef's hard work for once, since so many of us have benefited from yours. Happy anniversary to you both.

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