Le Bernardin "Chef's" Tasting
- Anthony Bourdain
Took my sous-chef, pastry chef and friends to Le Bernardin Monday and had the full-bore "Chef's" tasting.
Pretty damn amazing food...flawless--and they treat industry people very well. Save your money for this one--but it's worth it. An exception to my usual "Never Order Fish On A Monday" rule.
re: Chris B. Shaw
Menu consisted of:
lobster risotto ameuse geule with feuille de brick ( a freebie)
caviar tartare (with spanish mackerel)-unbeLIEVable
seared hamachi tuna over sweet cherry tomato, onion and portabello escabeche
lobster tail in shrimp sambal sauce, fresh and roasted mangoes
steamed black bass, fresh coriander, ginger and crab vermicelli in spiced citrus broth
roasted monkfish with black truffle vinaigrette, chicory, verjus grains, and warm chantarelle sald
mascarpone mousse with seasonal berries, balsamic raspberry coulis
full array of desserts (a comp from the house)
re: chris b.shaw
Personally, I don't think ANY restaurant in NYC is a high temple of (exclusively) seafood like Bernardin. I know where and how they get their fish--and have had friends who've worked in their kitchen--and don't know of an equal..I AM, however, a big fan of Scott Bryan's food--particularly at Veritas, his new place, and the more informal Indigo...Straight up good stuff, top quality ingredients--soul food for cookies. And Scott was, of course, at one time, a sous chef at --you got it--Le Bernardin.
Had some surprisingly good food at Gotham on Wednesday--still crankin' out quality stuff after all these years--and impeccably presented. Nobu good for fish--and the Kitano Hotel good for fugu!
re: Anthony Bourdain
I have had great meals at Le B. (both as an anonymous face in the crowd and with industry people). But, I've got to offer up another great fish/seafood place: Cello; several of the staff are former Le Bernadin-ites and their renovated townhouse is a wonderful place to eat. The food was terrific.