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Le Bernardin: Prix fixe with wine or tasting without wine?

mrip541 Oct 27, 2010 03:45 PM

I have the good fortune to be going to Le Bernardin with the tab going to my employer. However, the maximum allowance is such that I can have either the prix fixe with wine, or the tasting menu without wine. What would you recommend?

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

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    mrip541 Nov 2, 2010 07:04 PM

    Thanks for the replies! We ended up getting the tasting menu and picking our own glasses of wine and putting them on a separate bill. It was fantastic. So, so good.

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    1. re: mrip541
      donovt Nov 2, 2010 07:15 PM

      So glad to hear you enjoyed it. I haven't been on ages. What's on the tasting menu these days?

      1. re: donovt
        mrip541 Nov 3, 2010 12:59 PM

        Our menu was the one shown on the website but I have no idea how often it changes.

        Canape - lobster with a cauliflower sauce
        Pounded yellowfin tuna over a thin strip of baguette and foie gras
        Charred Octopus with fermented black beans, pear sauce vierge, ink-miso vinaigrette
        Warm lobster carpaccio, hearts of palm, orange vinaigrette
        Striped Bass with cashew-jalapeno puree, pickled cucumber, crab consommé (Mine was honestly a bit overcooked but the puree, cucumber and consommé were excellent.)
        Escolar and Nebraska Wagyu surf and turf, sea bean and eggplant fries, pesto and red wine sauce
        Greek yogurt panna cotta with candied walnut, apple gelee
        Dominican chocolate cremeux, vanilla-sweet potato sorbet, bourbon caramel
        Petit fours (little puff pastry was my favorite)

        I’ve been trying to think what course I enjoyed most but every time I write one down I remember how good the others were. Oddly enough, my lady and I agree that the deserts were near or at the top of the list.

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          Uncle Yabai Nov 3, 2010 10:50 PM

          Ah, but did you get The Egg (yes, needs to be capitalized)? It is served between the main course and the dessert. That thing just clinches it for me every time.

          1. re: Uncle Yabai
            selenster Nov 4, 2010 07:00 AM

            is this the egg that's poached and served in a broth and topped with caviar? god that thing was beautiful and delicious.

            1. re: selenster
              hcbk0702 Nov 4, 2010 08:47 AM

              No, "The Egg" is pastry chef Michael Laiskonis' signature dessert: milk chocolate pot de crème, caramel sauce, caramel custard foam, maple syrup and Maldon sea salt served in an eggshell. It's a VIP pre-dessert at Le Bernardin.

              Le Bernardin
              155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

            2. re: Uncle Yabai
              ChefJune Nov 4, 2010 01:08 PM

              Aaaah, The Egg! I enjoyed that Egg when Laiskonis was Pastry Chef at Trubite in suburban Detroit about 6 years ago. Can still taste it. And I don't even care for milk chocolate.

            3. re: mrip541
              RCC Nov 4, 2010 09:18 AM

              Any thoughts on the wines?

              1. re: mrip541
                mrip541 Nov 4, 2010 12:16 PM

                Unfortunately, we did not get The Egg. As for the wines, I'll say that while I enjoy wine I shouldn't be in the business of recommending it.

          2. sgordon Oct 28, 2010 10:18 AM

            Go with the tasting menu, and order an inexpensive bottle of wine or two - but have them put it on a separate bill, you can just pay it yourself.

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              donovt Oct 28, 2010 10:33 AM

              I was thinking the same thing. I couldn't imagine eating a whole tasting menu with no wine. But that's just me.

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                foodwhisperer Oct 28, 2010 08:41 PM

                Tasting menu without the wine. Pick your own wine , that fits into your budget

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              nextguy Oct 27, 2010 05:59 PM

              I would compare the tasting menu with the choices offered in the prix fixe which I believe is 3 courses. If you have too much trouble choosing your prix fixe courses but the tasting menu has everything you want, the decision is easy. I had the Chef's Tasting when I went and do not regret it. Don't forget to ask for The Egg. I forgot when I went, my only regret...

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