Hibiscus (a sort-of review)
Went to Hibiscus for dinner last Saturday night. I guess they don't usually do Saturday dinner, but they are for 6 weeks or so (only prix fix). It was a wonderful meal which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our only complaint was the heat! It was SO warm in there, that I had to step out a few times just to get some air. Other then that, a great meal. The chef came out to say hello and to ask how we were doing. The service was fantastic, with wonderful & enthusiastic explanations of the food & the wine pairings. The menu was varied, and the potential ingredients were explained to us. We just picked how many courses (we went for all 8!) and told them the things were didn't eat/were allergic to, and they took it from there. Great fun.
As far as I can remember, this is basically what we were served.
Cheddar puffs with parmesan. Warm and two each. We could have eat a dozen! Amazing.
Hibiscus and cherry jelly, with some sort of foam, and jelly bits that popped in your mouth. Sweet yet savory, and definitely fun.
Tartare of Scottish langostine, with green papaya and sweet corn relish, and a corn cracker thing. Texture of sweet shrimp (sort of dry yet slimy, but in a good way.) The long thin corn cracker tasted like high-end "Bugle" chip! I loved it.
Scottish diver scallop, seared raw with mace and another spice, passion fruit & pumpkin sauce, chestnuts & chestnut puree, and a sharon (persimmon) relish. Scallop was large & sweet, and barely cooked. Amazing.
Ravioli with smoked mashed potatoes and hen's egg yolk, with cream & truffle shavings. This was the hands-down best course. Delicious! Every bite just popped with flavor and luscious creamy goodness.
Dover Sole with mushroom filling, potato galette (layered thing) with button mushroom salad. Simple and tasty, but just didn't compare to the ravioli that preceded it.
Roasted fois gras with a savoy cabbage puree (I think.) There was some sort of sweet reduction also with this, and it was very good. So rich, and the wine pairing worked perfectly with it.
Roasted veal. Tender and flavorful, yet quite delicate. It came with something else on the plate, but I can't remember what!
Cheese course: aged (2 year) cheddar, soft blue, magway (sp?) cheese from northern France with washed rind (stinky and good), sheep cheese, brown bread & sweet/salty pie-crust type crackers. We loved the Northern french cheese, and the rest were very good. Maybe a bit too soft, as it was quite warm in the restaurant!
Pre-dessert of apple jelly, celeraic jelly topped with a chestnut cream. This was a perfect palate cleanser, so refreshing!
Chocolate tarte with goat cheese ice cream & white chocolate leaf. I'm not a huge chocolate fan, but this was quite tasty. The goat cheese ice cream was a bit bizarre. Definitely need to eat it WITH the chocolate as they suggest (but of course I had to try it on its own, just for my own curiosity.)
Chocolates and toffees.
A wonderful meal & a memorable experience. I look forward to trying a spring menu!