The Best Tasting Menu in Baltimore or DC?
Inspired by watching Tony Bourdain's interview Ferran Adria of El Bulli, I am on a quest to find a tasting menu that will challenge me. Is there an (r)evolutionary chef in the Baltimore/DC area that serves a tasting menu that is on par with Ferran Adria?
What about Thomas Keller (French Laundry/Per Se)?
Okay, anyone recommend a tasting menu worth tasting?
P.S. As a clarification, I am new to the area and I am not saying that the Chef's down here aren't great.
I haven't been, but Minibar in DC appears to have the most innovative one of about 30 courses. I hope to go soon.
CityZen in DC is very good, and the chef worked for Keller for years.
In Baltimore, Charleston is the best.
Challenge? Probably Minibar at Cafe Atlantico. Here is the gayot description which is a pretty good summary: "Upstairs, the ultimate in gastronomic indulgences comes at Andrés's Minibar, an eight-seat restaurant with its own staff urged to create whimsical, deconstructed dishes that are as much about science as about gastronomy. They push the envelope with a tasting menu that is inspired by their imaginations and what's really fresh and unique for a total of 30 to 35 dishes at a seating. Don't worry---the portions are bite-size. And its wine list is as unconventional as the menu, a great pairing! But don't tarry: you may face a two-month wait to get a reservation."
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Definitely Minibar - Andres is an Adria disciple. But I think it's already sold out for July, and closed in August.
MiniBar is closed in August. It has six seats. Total. Charleston doesn't really have a "tasting" menu per se.
Best tasting menus right now, IMO, would be the Chef Armstrong's Tasting Room at Restaurant Eve, and the weekend tasting menu at Chef Monis' Komi.
I will put in the undoubtedly only dissent about Chef Kim and Saffron - I don't think they hold a dim candle to the aforementioned restaurants.