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Feb 6, 2010 03:44 PM

Eleven Madison Park Gourmand Tasting-- What dishes should I request?

I'm going to Eleven Madison Park for my birthday and getting the Gourmand Tasting

I want to request some dishes that are MUST GETS. I eat everything but definitely want at least one vegetable dish.

Any requests for desserts I should make?

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  1. By the way...yes I know the tasting menu is "decided" by Chef Humm but I know EMP would accommodate any requests I make

    2 Replies
    1. re: wreckers00

      Just wait for RGR or Kathryn to respond they are "regulars" at EMP.

      1. re: princeofpork

        true, but the more votes i get for a certain dish, the more confident I'll be to order it

    2. We just had the current 11-course Gourmand. One of the courses we had was beets with chèvre. Chef Humm's beets are always sensational, so if you like them, that would take care of the vegetable course you say you want. We did have one substitution. The menu would normally include veal cheeks, but since we had already had them when we did the 5-course lunch Gourmand, we requested that the veal sweetbreads be substituted. They were both fabulous!

      Some of the dishes are taken from the regular menu while the others are only served on the Gourmand. Overall, I think the menu is perfect the way it is. Truly a memorable experience!

      Here are the photos:

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      1. re: RGR

        I love EMP....but beets with chevre? I mean come on now, that's not exactly creative.

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Have you ever had Chef Humm's beets?

          1. re: RGR

            RGR, from looking at that picture, I don't think calling it "beets with chevre" does it justice.

            1. re: ChiefHDB

              Have to chime in here and say that the beets at EMP were the best I've ever had. But, my friends also scoffed when I told them to have the snow peas at Momofuku Noodle Bar a few summers ago. Man, I miss those snow peas!

              1. re: ChiefHDB

                ChiefHDB and seal,

                You both speak the truth! Imo, no other chef can coax the depth of flavor from beets the way Chef Humm can. In the very first meal we had after he took over the kitchen at EMP, there was a beet dish that had us shaking our heads in wonderment. First off, it was architecturally stunning. He had fashioned the variously colored beets into rectangular shapes and then positioned them soldier-like on the plate. After visually feasting, we tucked into them and discovered a taste sensation the likes of which we had never before experienced when eating beets.

                Dishes don't necessarily have to be "creative" to elicit a WOW sensation. In their current iteration, the intense flavor of the beets + the cloudlike chèvre + the rye crumble, which adds both another flavor and a wonderful crunchiness = a WOW!

                Btw, when we had dinner at EMP back in October, one our two starters was the beets with chèvre. Since we were doing the 3-course prix fixe, it was a much larger portion. Here's the photo:

                1. re: RGR

                  I'll definitely request the beets.

                  are there any meats I should definitely request?

                  1. re: wreckers00

                    The bone marrow crusted beef is superb! I'm pretty sure they can size it to fit the tasting menu. And be sure to ask for the potato cream with braised oxtails that comes with it. Swooningly sensational!




                    Btw, while I liked the veal sweetbreads a lot, veal cheeks are more my thing, and they are fabulous!

              2. re: RGR

                Yes I have. And they're very good. Still, I find the combination very "been there done that." And I am a big EMP fan.

                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  You can say the same for all the classic French dishes (rognons de veau au moutarde, escargots bourguignons, canard à l'orange, etc., etc.,). But for me, if they are done well, they never get old.

          2. thanks so much. One last question: what to get for dessert?! haha sorry guys

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            1. re: wreckers00

              The Gourmand comes with two desserts, "Soda Pop" and Milk & Chocolate, both of which are delicious. (You can see them in my photo set linked above.) Is that not sufficient for you?

              1. re: RGR

                no it's plenty sufficient...I was just wondering if there were ones that people especially loved from the regular dessert menu. But it's all good! thanks!

              2. re: wreckers00

                There was a salted cake of some kind with popcorn that was among the best desserts I've ever tasted. We had it at the end of the suckling pig tasting menu so I'm not sure if it's still on the menu but man, was that a treat.

                1. re: JeremyEG


                  When we had the suckling pig tasting, the dessert was different. We were served this:

                  I think yours was this (?):

                  I had it for the first time in August and was very happy to revisit it a few weeks ago. It is on the current dessert menu: