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Le Bernardin Dinner Report

burumun Nov 30, 2007 10:37 PM

Pretty food pictures are here: http://gourmettravel.blogspot.com/200...
:D

We opted for the 4-course menu since we have another dinner engagement later that night, and since there were two of us both ordering different things, we can manage to get a tasting of a lot of dishes.

The only way to evaluate a three-star restaurant, really, is to see whether everything about it deserves three-star. The service, I must say, was impeccable. The decor was very nice without any gaudiness, and it has a quiet and calm atmosphere. You can't call it 'cozy,' it has a more professional feel but I like the quietness - such an escape from the bustling city.

The night started with a complimentary octopus salad.

For our first appetizers, we ordered: 1) the calamari
and 2) the tuna sashimi and foie gras on a slice of baguette. This was an amazing dish, the sashimi was delectable, and raw fish+foie gras? What a great idea! :D

Second appetizers: 1) lobster with sweet corn sauce. The sweet corn sauce was a very pleasant surprise. I've never had sweet corn sauce and had no expectation, but it really worked. and 2) Crab cakes with cauliflower and dijon mustard. (It wasn't exactly a crab "cake", more like lumps of crab ... even better :p ). Again, another pleasant surprising combination. The cauliflowers? An awesome touch! The combination was amazing. I never knew how much I liked cauliflowers ...

For the main dishes we ordered : 1) Lobster with tamarind sauce. I'm undecided about this dish. The lobster was definitely fresh and prepared well. The tamarind sauce, though, kind of worked but not completely? I feel like the lobster would have been better served with something else. Like more sweet corn sauce!
2) Striped Bass with langoustine. I actually really liked this dish. Reading the menu I probably would not order it, but I'm glad my friend did! The broth/sauce was delicious and the fish melts in your mouth and juicy.

Dessert: Passionfruit. The sorbet was really good, but I thought the vanilla-yogurt mousse was alright. The other dessert we got (not pictured) was the malted rum milk chocolate ice cream, which was actually very2 good! Definitely the better of the two dessert!

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    idia Dec 1, 2007 05:02 AM

    Well you sure did get my mouth watering with those gorgeous and very professional pictures. (if you're not in the photography business, you should be!)
    I am tempted to grab a suit and tie and force my mate to wear them so we can experience your delights.
    Thanks for taking the time to post.

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    1. re: idia
      ny.foodie Dec 1, 2007 06:40 PM

      Oh get the Tuna in the Almost Raw course. (1st one). It is layered with Foie Gras. Ohhh is that heavenly :)

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      RGR Dec 1, 2007 09:17 AM

      burumun, Just to note that Le Bernardin has 4 stars from "NY Times."

      idia, Gentlemen are not required to wear ties.

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