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lizziee Feb 22, 2008 06:43 PM

I thought FL had a 9 course tasting menu. Am I wrong? Russkar in LA mentioned 16 courses.

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    jsaimd RE: lizziee Feb 22, 2008 06:47 PM

    nine courses, but they also give a lot of complementary courses, so it ends up near 16.

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    1. re: jsaimd
      lizziee RE: jsaimd Feb 22, 2008 06:55 PM

      What are the complementary courses - savory/sweet???

      1. re: lizziee
        jsaimd RE: lizziee Feb 22, 2008 07:03 PM

        Both. Mostly savory at the beginning, very small bites, amuse bouche. There were extra sweets at the end if I recall correctly.

    2. swag RE: lizziee Feb 22, 2008 08:00 PM

      He's probably including amuses bouche, palate cleansers, the assorted dessert bon bons, and the icy cold stares served up by reception.

      1. Ruth Lafler RE: lizziee Feb 22, 2008 09:21 PM

        I've read that you can have a 16-course tasting menu on request.

        1. Carrie 218 RE: lizziee Feb 23, 2008 08:08 AM

          With amuse, mignardise, and multiples on a theme, I was given 18 courses (20 if you count three versions of white truffle):

          1. Gougeres
          2. Salmon Cornets
          3. Cauliflower "Panna Cotta" with Beau Soleil Oyster Glaze and Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar
          4. Moulard Duck "Foie Gras Au Torchon" with Sunchokes, Pomegranate Kernels, Marinated Beet "Ribs" and Sicilian Pistachio Purée
          5. Truffles on Risotto; Truffles on Tagliatelle; Truffles on Gnocchi
          6. Extra Virgin Olive Oil-Poached Fillet of St. Peter's Fish with Braised Cardoons, "Piperade," Young Parsley, and Nicoise Olive Emulsion
          7. Sweet Butter-Poached Maine Lobster Tail with Caramelized Pearl Onions, Melted Swiss Chard, Scallion Filaments, and Maple-Sherry Vinegar Sauce
          8. Four Story Hill Farm Milk-Fed "Poularde" Mendocino Coast Cepe Mushrooms, Hearts of Romaine Lettuce, and Juniper Balsamic "Jus"
          9. Elysian Fields Farm Lamb Rib-Eye with Savoy Cabbage, Salsify, Glazed Sweet Carrots, "Petit Salé" and Grain Mustard Sauce
          10. "Epoisse" - "Degustation" of New Crop Potatoes and "Sauce Périgourdine"
          11. Persian Lime Sorbet
          12. "Feijoa Sorbet with Maui Pineapple Relish and Angel Cake
          13. "S'Mores" - Cashnew Nut "Parfait," Caramel "Délice" and "Sauce a la Guimauve Flambée
          14. Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter "Crémeaux" with Gros Michel Banana Sorbet, Salted Spanish Peanuts, and Toscano Black Chocolate Sauce
          15. "Charlotte Aux Poires et aux Dates" with Bartlett Pear Sorbet, "Japonais," Candied Hazelnuts, and Pear Coulis
          16. Coffee and Donuts
          17. Coffee with Miniature Creme Brulée
          18. Mignardise

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