Michael Mina's XIV - Full Gamut Report
What an amazing dining experience my wife and I had last thursday...... as my wife and I were going over their 35 item menu and trying to choose which ones to order, I noticed the $250 "Gamut" option... thinking that it was a per person cost, i overlooked that option... i asked our waitress what is the $250 Gamut option... she then told us it was eating all 35 items on the menu for $250 TOTAL for the both of us... i then yelled.. "bring it on"... after i ordered it, we were very excited that we will get to taste all 35 items on the menu but were scared because we didnt wear stretchy pants :-) My picture link below will take you through our 4 hour journey....
To summarize our experience at XIV:
All 36 items (we had 1 extra for the birthday girl) were perfectly executed..
Cheese plates are levels beyond any other restaurants
Desserts are from outer space... so creative and delicious
The most food passionate wait staff we have EVER experienced... they are all foodies and their excitement of the food really shows
We did it. My wife and I finished every single dish with no leftover on any of the 36 courses. We are insane. It was one of most memorable dining experience ever. I can finally say "I ate the entire menu!!!"
Here is our 36 course 4 Hour Journey:
ps - thank you Kevin H for your awesome report in October...
Fabulous, Perceptor! Everything looked delicious and interesting without seeming like experimentation for experimentation's sake.
Thanks for the great report...I've missed your posts Perceptor!
We will be going tomorrow night for my husband's b-day, unfortunately, some of our guests are picky eaters and I'm afraid I won't be able to try a lot of the food because of them. ie. no shellfish, no raw fish, probably no foie gras etc. Your pictures gave me a good idea of what we will be able to order. Thanks...I was salivating watching your slideshow.
I really am turned off by the "prepared for the whole table" thing, because there are several items I'd want to try that I know my wife would not enjoy (the two items with foie gras, things with any kind of mushroom), and there are items I'd have to avoid (anything w/lobster - allergic). I wonder if/when they will change this policy. If they do, I'm so there!
What's interesting is that I think the restaurant added the "gamut" option due to my party's ordering of the entire menu on opening night.
In any case, good job. It looks like they added a few new items, and updated many of the others, at least with regard to presentation and plating. Now you just need to run the gamut by yourself. ;)