Best Dishes 2009 - Northern California
Hang-town fry –Jidori Hen Egg Omelet filled with Hobbs Smoked Bacon, Deep-Fried Island Creek Oysters, Oyster Foam, White Sturgeon Caviar
Hen Egg Omelet, Santa Barbara Uni, Red Ribbon Sorrel, White Sturgeon Caviar, Creme Fraiche
Russet Potato Gnocchi, Uni, Uni Emulsion, Australian Winter Black Truffles were added tableside.
Uni with corn foam, ragout of applewood smoked bacon, Australian black truffles, golden corn and celery, potato puree at the bottom
Heirloom Tomato Tart – Puff Pastry
Fresh Water Eel with Akita Komachi Rice, Marinated Trout Roe and Perilla Leaves
Santa Barbara uni, candy cap mushrooms, cippolini onions, foam of Blis maple syrup.
Black truffle encrusted turbot, stinging nettles, crispy bone marrow, French laundry baby carrots, bordelaise reduction
Thomas Farm Squab “en cocotte”, stuffed with Moulard Duck foie gras wrapped in Savoy cabbage, pear-roasted chestnuts, black truffle, watercress and sauce Perigourdine
Beef Tartar- Prime New York steak, young ginger, allspice, Dijon, shallots, gribiche and the yolk was cooked sous vide
Fork Crushed Fingerling Potatoes with Purple Cabbage from the Garden, Dill Ice Cream –
Assorted Shellfish in tuna broth gelee, toasted seeds – the shellfish included crab, octopus, littlenecks, mirugai
Crispy Chicken Confit, Slow Egg (one hour), Crispy Garden greens – fennel, purple mustard, celery and chicken broth to finish
Seabream with Shellfish (octopus, giant clam, crab) in a green tomato broth with Joe Schirmer’s Strawberries from Dirty Girl Farm
Black Cod, Chervil Cream, Cippolini Onions, Onion Consomme with Bone Marrow
Duck Roasted in Chestnut leaves and salt with Black Trumpet Mushroom Tapenade
Young Potatoes, Unopened Squash Blossom, Romano Beans, Fiorelli, Bonito Butter –
Fried Tomales Bay oysters, fingerling potato salad, frissee, hard boiled egg dressing
I'm not much of a fan of French Laundry, but that tomato tart looked beautiful. I hope it tasted as good as it looks.
I'm glad Etoile is in your list I was really impressed with what Chef Perry Hoffman is doing in that kitchen.
You are from LA so you might have missed the main thread. You might want to link this post to this one in the Chow Digest. A good percentage of people listed more than ten.