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Our Binkley's NYE 10 Course Menu!

ejs1492 Jan 1, 2008 06:58 AM

Thought everyone might enjoy reading the menu from our 10 course tasting menu from New Year's Eve at Binkleys. We're usually stuffed after their five course tasting menu, so we weren't sure how we would fare with 10 courses (and wine pairings), but as usual they paced it extremely well and kept portion-sizes moderated so that 10 courses was filling but not ridiculously so. We were seated at 9 pm and our final course was served precisely at midnight. Last time we had the five course menu they served us no fewer than 7 amuse bouches, but last night they only did the duck and sherrry consomme to start, an amuse bouche of five different items second, a fruit cocktail and an extra dessert with the check. The menu is as follows; it was a spectactular meal and I do not think that anything compares to Binkley's. This meal was a bargain at $200 per person plus $75 for the wine pairing. New Year's Eve is usually a rip-off but this meal was worth every penny and the service was nothing short of spectactular yet unpretentious. The food was free of molecular gastronomy gimickry and instead focused on great ingredients creatively prepared.

Citrus Cured Salmon Roulade w/ osetra caviar, shaved baby fennel, toast point, sauce vert

Mache & Black Truffle Salad w/ heirloom potatoes, proscuitto, shaved red onion, baby artichokes (note: they were VERY generous with the truffles)

Crispy Seared Foie Gras w/ red wine poached pear, cashews, baby arugula and port glaze

Lobster Ragout w/ gnocchi, pearl onions, fava beans and lobster bisque

Olive Oil Poached Swordfish w/ white bean puree, pattypan squash, oven dried tomatoes, balsamic, and olive oil (note: neither my wife or I particularly care for swordfish and were looking forward to this course the least, but this was unlike anything we have had before. It was slightly pink in color and had the softest texture we've ever seen...almost like sashimi)

White Truffle & Porcini Agnolotti w/ hedgehog & clamshell mushrooms, purple scallions (note: Chef Binkley bought one pound of white truffles for last night's meal at a cost of $5,400 per pound; they were half the cost last year!)

Duck Squared - seared breast, rillette, huckleberry crepe, sugar snap peas

Japanese Wagyu New York Strip w/ mustard Brussels sprout leaves, creamy cauliflower (note: this was the REAL Wagyu beef from Japan and so soft that it literally melted in your mouth like seared foie gras)

Freezing Pineapple Water w/ pineapple, blackberries, blueberries, pomegranite, braised pistachios. (note: served in a bowl in which they poured liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze the fruit)

Chocolate Bread Pudding w/ rasberries, cocoa nib flortentine, candied mint, chocolate sauce

Then I went to bed very very very full and sleepy! Happy New Year!

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    Molto E Jan 3, 2008 02:33 PM

    "(note: Chef Binkley bought one pound of white truffles for last night's meal at a cost of $5,400 per pound; they were half the cost last year!)"

    Who told you that?

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    1. re: Molto E
      ejs1492 Jan 3, 2008 02:52 PM

      Kevin Binkley

      1. re: ejs1492
        ejs1492 Jan 3, 2008 03:10 PM

        One more comment; I can't say for certain that this was a "per pound" price because it is well above preious years' market peak, but I do know that is what they spent on truffles for the night.

        1. re: ejs1492
          m
          Molto E Jan 3, 2008 04:38 PM

          Kevin said he spent $5400 on white truffles for New Years?

          1. re: Molto E
            drewb123 Jan 18, 2008 11:05 PM

            I ate at Binkley's tonight for the 3rd time and I must say it was the best meal out of all 3 times. I had the 4 course tasting (not wine pairing) and my husband had the 6 I belive. OMG he ordered a truffle dish that was out of this world and my rib eye was as succulent as it comes. All our in beteweens were fabulous I only wasn't impressed by one.

            They gave us a mini sweet and sour burger
            duck consomme
            amazing cran-raisin bread like usual I can eat thier butter all day.
            pomme frites with 4 dips- YUM
            I had frogs legs, rib-eye and caramel risotto
            my husband had a copia fish, truffel app and vanilla zagabione?
            Fabulous you must go if you have not that's all that I can say

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              ljero Feb 23, 2008 09:18 AM

              what does everyone think about the wine pairings--are they worth it or should we order wine a la carte?

              1. re: ljero
                ejs1492 Feb 23, 2008 10:26 AM

                I, personally, think that it is worth it because you will inevitably try some things that you've never had before and they usually offer some interesting pairings. However, I've found that they serve a disproportionate number of whites to reds, so if you ONLY like reds then stick with by the glass.

                We owe our love of Royal Tokaij to their wine pairings at one of our dinners there!

                1. re: ejs1492
                  ccl1111 Mar 19, 2008 10:42 AM

                  Also if you have a decent sized group, they can do a selection of interesting bottles for the price of the pairings. We had 6 & had some really great wine.

    2. Rubee Jan 3, 2008 12:43 PM

      Wow - that sounds fabulous, thanks for the rundown! Binkley's is our favorite restaurant in visiting the area from Boston, and now that we've just bought a house in North Phoenix, you've made me all the more excited about future meals.

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        duck833 Jan 1, 2008 08:10 AM

        Binkley's = Cave Creek

        We went there two weeks ago, did the five course tasting menu with truffle adder, plus two bottles of excellent wine, totally over the top experience. Not someplace I would go every week but for sure a go to spot for special occasion or when you need the supreme foodie fix.

        1. IslayMan Jan 1, 2008 07:51 AM

          Where the hell is Binkley's?

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          1. re: IslayMan
            hohokam Jan 1, 2008 08:20 AM

            Just for you. Happy New Year.

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            Binkley's
            6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

          2. mamamia Jan 1, 2008 07:27 AM

            WOW.

            I had you pegged correctly for the board member I was living vicariously through last night.

            I've been trying to get up to Binkley's for a while, but our weekend plans always seem so last minute. This is a definite motivator to put some plans together with friends and get up there. Thanks for sharing.

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            1. re: mamamia
              ejs1492 Jan 1, 2008 10:02 AM

              That's a compliment....I think! Thanks!

              Make a point of going. I have eaten at some of the "best" restaurants in the country and abroad and I still feel like Binkley's tops them all. INCREDIBLE food an an incredibly unpretentious, casual and friendly setting. The experience is top notch.

              1. re: ejs1492
                drewb123 Jan 2, 2008 03:25 PM

                what would be your top 3 restaurants? just curious.

                1. re: drewb123
                  ejs1492 Jan 2, 2008 05:14 PM

                  Locally? Binkley's (although it's not the type of food you can eat often), Zinc Bistro (we do eat there often....lunch and dinner) and Don and Charlies for good, basic, well prepared steaks and bbq. I love Sabuddy, Mastro's, and the ocassional In-N-Out burger too! ;-)

                  1. re: ejs1492
                    drewb123 Jan 2, 2008 06:25 PM

                    sounds good I am a fan of Mastros until they took the porterhouse for 2 off the menu.

                    I live in Arcadia area and have not tried Sabuddy- need to.

                    I was wondering globally though...

                    1. re: drewb123
                      ejs1492 Jan 2, 2008 06:32 PM

                      My all time fav is Balthazar in New York City. (SoHo) I tend to like authentic French bistro fare (hence my affinity for Zinc) but Balthazar sets the global standard. It's more of a french bistro than the bistros in Paris. I once ate a late breakfast, lunch and an early dinner there...all in the same day. If you don't have the Balthazar cookbook I HIGHLY recommend it....even if just for the forward about how the restaurant came to be. Or I'd be happy to scan the intro for you and email it to you...gives you a great sense of the place and will make you want to book a flight for NYC.

                      1. re: ejs1492
                        drewb123 Jan 3, 2008 12:21 PM

                        Im actually from NY and used to eat ther about 10-12 years ago. It is good.

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