Le Bernardin: Prix fixe with wine or tasting without wine?
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?
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019
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...
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.