Sona 9-Course Spontanée Tasting Menu, in Photos
I recently had the pleasure of dining at Sona for my birthday. I had heard mixed reviews about the place but I'm happy to report that my dining companions and I all came away very happy. Definitely one of the top restaurants in LA in my opinion.
The menu in brief:
Amuse Bouche: Patty Pan Squash Tempura, Goat Cheese, Tomato Confit
Audoin de Dampierre Cuvee des Ambassadeurs 1er Cru, Reims
1a: Tuna 3 Ways, Vitello Tonnato, Sweet Bread Croutons
1b: English Pea Soup, Pearl Tapioca, Hamachi, Geoduck Clam
Pio Cesare Arneis, Langhe, Italy 2005
2a: Maine Lobster, Stinging Nettle Farfalle, Morels
2b: Crispy Veal Sweetbreads, Maitake Mushroom, Crab Sauce
Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France 2000
3a: Slow Cooked Halibut, Sautéed Bitter Greens, Coconut Milk Broth
3b: Crispy Opakapaka, Sea Beans, Wasabi Potato Purée, Braised Oxtail
Peay Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 2005
4a: Duck, Beet Cloud, Roasted Beets, Arugula, Honey Vinegar Reduction
4b: Roasted Squab, White Asparagus Wrapped With Bread, Blood Orange Marmalade
Domaine Dominique Mugneret Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy, France 2002
5a: Venison, Smoked Eggplant Purée, Honshimeji Mushroom, Salted Plum, Shiso
5b: Colorado Lamb Rack, Cauliflower Purée, Curried Lentil Vinaigrette
Radio-Coteau Syrah "Timbervine," Russian River Valley 2005
6: Kobe Beef From Kagoshima, Pickled Young Ginger, Celery Shiso Salad
Château Monbousquet Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France 2003
Cheese, 6 Selections
1997 Ramos Pintos Vintage Port, Portugal
7: Riesling Granita, Mango, Candied Ginger
8a: Peach Tart, Juniper Berry Ice Cream, Bitter Almond Cream
8b: Rhubarb Cannoli, Mascarpone Cream, Strawberries, Celery Granita
Domaine de Baumard "Carte D'Or" Côteaux du Layon, Loire Valley, France 2004
9a: Chocolate Espuma, Araguani Szechwan Peppercorn Ice Cream, Smoked Peanut Purée, Pickled Cherries
9b: Chocolate Tea Sandwiches, Hibiscus Iced Tea
Anselman Trockenbeerenauslese Ortega "Flemlinger Bischofskreauz," Rheinpfalz, Germany 1999
Mignardises 1: Strawberry Confit with Lime Gelée, Star Anise Truffle, Rosemary Macaroon
Mignardises 2: Rosemary Madeleines
All the photos and details: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fus...
I have been to both Providence and Sona for the tasting menus only once (both times, admittedly, over a year ago...) and I don't really get the fuss about Providence.
For me, my Sona experience well and truly eclipsed the one I had at Prov.
I'd love to return to Sona -- Prov, not so much... Just didn't feel we got bang for our buck, whereas the service, food and wine at Sona really wowed me.
that looks like a really fantastic dinner! thanks for sharing those wonderful photos as always. Are the #ab listings for each course tandem dishes? Can't imagine each person getting both but it sounded like you got to taste everything.i had wanted to go to sona about a year ago as well but was discouraged by the negative posts and never looked back.
Thanks for posting this. i was there w/ my gf just for drinks/appetizers a few months ago and enjoyed every minute of it. service here is great and warm. before i had david myers cuisine, i had thought that chef wylie dufresne of WD50 NY had the most interesting flavors - which he still does with his molecular gastronomic approach... but myers stands out in the end with flavor and presentation.
Sona is without a doubt the #1 best meal I have had since moving from NYC. Each dish reawakened my palate, standing apart from the preceeding course, making the entire meal a sensation. The setting is comfortable, quiet and romantic if you want it to be. I don't think wylies brilliance can be touched by anyone in LA - but david comes close.