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Patina - Chef's Table Tasting Menu

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venicekeith Oct 2, 2006 12:39 AM

The seven of us were dining together to celebrate the birthday of one of us. We thought we were to eat in the main dining room when we arrived at 5 last night, but after socializing at the bar for about 20 minutes, we were escorted to the small private dining room just to the right as you enter the restaurant. We were oriented to our menu options in a slightly rehearsed manner by the waiter/host (don't remember the name). Ultimately, the birhtday girl chose the above menu, and we were on our way. Here's what we ate (memory is hazy on some details):

Amuse: wild salmon in black truffle puree

Duo of Carpaccio - Scallop and Blue Fin Tuna with Yuzu sorbet

Agnolotti filled with fresh Ricotta with fresh white Truffle

Steamed John Dory with leaks and Clam Cream

Foie Gras with roasted Pear and Vanilla Cream Sorbet

Sweetbreads (I don't remember its accompaniments - sorry)

Roasted Grouse breast with Grouse meatballs in a chocolate sauce.

Cheese course including Bingham Hill Blue, Taleggio, a Vermont camembert-style cheese, a Tomme-style cheese from the French side of the Pyranees, and 2 others I can't remember.

Intermezzo - Lemon Granita and Grapefruit sorbet

Chocolate dessert which a sandwich-type filled wafer accompanied by Coconut sorbet and Tangerine foam.

Mignardises including a Grape Marshmellow and a Tomato chew

All the food was superlative. I haven't eaten at Patina since the remodel of the old Melrose location and was not expecting an outstanding meal. We were all really delighted by the food. The private room is great, though the lighting really improves if you draw the curtains over the window looking into the kitchen which is garrishly (though, necessarily) lit with fluorescent lighting. The service was pretty great, though there were a few disruptions of the flow due to the crush before performances at the various theaters above and across the street and then after the performances as well when everyone returns for drinks and dessert. Theo the chef came and visited briefly. the cheese sommelier was terrific, as was the wine sommelier. We brought 3 bottles: all 1995, Troplong-Mondot, Montrose, and Beaucastel. Surprisingly, we still wanted and needed more, and ordered a 2003 Antiquus Carneros Syrah (after a worthwhile discussion with that sommelier). All wines were great. This tasting menu is $120/person, but be aware the cheese course is a supplementary charge. We were charged $30/bottle for corkage and while high, still was worth avoiding the high prices on the wine list. Warning on bottled water - once we ordered a bottle, we were continuously refreshed with more. the Voss bottle count (VBC) was 9, by the end of it, all of us noticed the scam, as it were, but we were having the greatest time with great conversation. All told we ended the meal at about 11 with a bill just a touch over $1300, before tip.
This was the most extravagent meal I've had, save Arpege, but is was also one of the best.

I'd like to go back and eat like a regular customer from the a la carte menu and see if this restaurant is still worth it.

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