Degustation - Our Experience
- megaepicure Oct 11, 2007 12:46 PM
My husband and I had a terrific dinner at Degustation last night. I enjoyed the bar set-up and the space overall is very elegant. The service is top-notch, friendly and knowledgeable and we enjoyed watching Chef Genovart at work. There were a couple of disappointments, but we left very happy and sated.
We ate -
Spanish "tortilla," Quail Egg and Shallot Confit
The best dish we had, by far. It is a wonderful mix of flavors and textures.
Pork belly and tomatillos in a watermelon gazpacho*
Very good, but suffered when we compared it to the pork belly at Tailor.
Seared Scallops in a Mussel Broth with sea beans, grapes and dehydrated cherry tomatoes
Perfectly cooked and all the ingredients really complimented each other. The cherry tomatoes were especially delicious.
Bonito en Escabeche with black olives and micro arugula
A beautiful piece of fish. I really loved the dehydrated olives with the smooth slightly fatty flavor of the fish.
"Cheese steak" with tomato and roasted red pepper escalivada, raclette cheese emulsion, pain de mie and herb salad
This was one of my top favorites as it was crunchy, salty, sweet and tangy. So, so good.
Squid with heirloom tomatoes*
The squid was tender and the tomatoes were fresh and delicious.
Quail and shitake mushrooms*
The quail was cooked perfectly, but I was a bit underwhelmed with the dish as a whole. There wasn’t much excitement on the plate.
Chocolate covered banana with macadamia nut coating*
This was a big disappointment, as it ended up being a pretty boring chocolate covered banana and what tasted like chocolate pudding.
Assorted cheese plate
I regretted the chocolate dessert I ordered once I saw the cheese plate. It was a gorgeous selection and the pairings were amazing. Skip the sweets and order this instead.
*These are not the proper names from the menu, but I didn’t write them down and can’t remember the exact wording.
thanks for the detailed dish description - i took notes for my reservations on Sat. at 10:00 - anything in the area interesting for a drink - in case we get there early?
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Sounds amazing. I've got a reservation for next Saturday, and after reading this, I'm even more excited!
i have to say, with all the hype, i was rather underwhelmed by degustation when i went this june. the only dishes that i truly loved were the short rib stuffed squid and the sweetbreads. everything else from the 'tortilla' to the lamb belly (ultra fatty and bland) were totally forgettable.
the place was nice though. the priorat i had was delicious and priced well. ive heard mixed things about jack lamb but he was nothing but kind and professional.
Overall I was satisfied with my experience...for those of you who haven't been, don't over-hype it and set your expectations too high. For a more notable inside-the-kitchen bar-front dining experience, I would go for L'atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons. Have been to locations in Paris as well as Macau, and always a fabulous experience even when the mental bar is set very high...
I like to eats.