Smoked Salmon atop Cream Cheese
served on pumpernickel round accompanied by a sweet
onion jam and a drizzle of fresh dill oil
Rose - Jost
Then came one of my favourite elements to a fine dining meal - the palate cleanser. I've had some lovely flavour combinations of sorbet, and lime is a favourite flavour of mine, but this particular sorbet has raised the bar for others after. The lime here was at once intense, yet subtle and the tequila gave it an extra bite that certainly assisted with the 'palate cleansing' effect.
AAA Beef Tenderloin & Foie Gras
pan roasted beef tenderloin with seared foie gras,
drizzled with blue cheese & red wine reduction
with cipollini onions, asparagus and fingerling potatoes
Baco Noir - Jost
Vitis - Gasperau Vineyards
Next came the chocolate and pistachio nut pate with mocha sauce. Talk about rich! Any dish that showcases pistachios is good in my books! The pate was thick in the mouth, with nuttiness being right in the foreground. The sauce's slightly bitter coffee edge cut right through the pate's cloying capabilities and added depth to the dish.
Chocolate and Pistachio Nut Pate
w/ Mocha Sauce