Heidi's 2.0 Tasting Menu
Went last night and splurged on the 9 course tasting menu. It is a great opportunity to try a large percentage of the menu items. This was the best meal I have had in 2011. The food was unreal. I don't think anyone is cooking better in this town right now. It started out with a first course caviar sundae. This was the only item on the tasting menu that nobody really liked except me. They use liquid nitrogen to freeze this egg dish topped with caviar. I found it interesting. We then had the Bennie which has been on the menu since they re-opened. It looks like an egg with a yolk but it is made up of some very interesting corn products including huitlacoche or corn smut. This was a really fun and very tasty second course that everyone loved. Everyone opted for the beet dish instead of the tongue option next. It was a very refreshing pallate cleansing course almost like a beet sorbet. Next we had a Marbled Foie Gras Terrine with Spanish paprika, haricot vert and sesame salad, sourdough points. This was just incredible. I wish I had opted to get a glass of Sauterne with this because it would have paried beautifully. We then had one of my favorite items on the menu, the Black truffle pappardelle. It was a touch salty but a real crowd pleaser. Next was a barimundi done in a broth. This was fantastic. the fish was cooked perfectly and the broth was reallty tasty with really interesting seasonings. It reminded me some of one of Jean Georges signature items but executed even better because of the way the fish was prepared. My wife had it prepared with a Hoison sauce instead of the broth and she loved it. Next was the lamb shank - Anise scented lamb shank and a six spice rice rind with orange scented jasmine rice and arugula sauce. It was served in a chinese takeout box with chop sticks. The flavors were amazing. The lamb was a little on the lean side but a really enjoybale and playful dish. Next was Meat and Potatoes. Seared beef tenderloin on creamy potatoes with Raclette cheese, mostarda and green papaya salad. My favorite dish of the evening. Perfeclt prepared tender on a cheesy mashed potato bed. The green papaya salad was really interesting. For desert they made table side vanilla ice cream using liquid nitriogen and topped it with a sweet potato beignet. This was worth the price of admission. Best dessert of the year for me. The ice cream was so amazing. You could tast the vanilla bean and the warm beignet mixed in was just outstaning. We also ordered aNitro chocolate mousse with peanut butter, marshmallow and honey cookie to get a little chocolate at the end of the night.
All I can say is wow. The couple we were with were concerned that the courses would not be substantial. They had just eaten at La belle Vie and had a tasting menu and walked away hungry. Not true of Heidis. We were all full but not uncomfortable. If you are looking to splurge or celebrate, I don't think there is a better tasting menu in the city. I had the pleasure of having the Meritage tasting menu a month ago which was very good but this was even better.