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Allumette - fantastic - should be higher on the Chow-dar Screen!

Ciao Bob Sep 23, 2013 11:52 AM

We had a great meal on a first visit to Allumette this weekend. Creative and really delicious.

One of the main reasons we went was to try a dish they were out of :(
SZECHUAN PORK DUMPLINGS – Ikura – Maple Black Vinegar – Tarragon

So, we went with these:
POTATO CHIPS – Fresh Salmon Roe – Yuzu Crème Fraîche – Garlic Chive
TOMATO SALAD – Soft Egg – Black Olive – Roasted Shallot Brioche
ANKIMO – Umeboshi Ponzu – Sea Grapes – Momokochan
KING SALMON SASHIMI – Grapes – Radish – Cilantro
SPICY BLUE PRAWNS – Pork Belly – White Peach – Pickled Wasabi

All were excellent. We love spicy and were blown away (in a good way) by the heat level of those prawns.

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    kevin Sep 23, 2013 12:18 PM

    Was it a tasting menu format only yet ????

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    1. re: kevin
      PeterCC Sep 23, 2013 01:20 PM

      Looks like you can order a la carte. http://allumettela.com/food.html What Bob had above is like the 4 course tasting with the potato chips and salmon extra (but without dessert)..

      1. re: kevin
        Ciao Bob Sep 23, 2013 02:51 PM

        a la carte

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        chrishei Sep 23, 2013 04:05 PM

        Good to hear - been wanting to try this place.

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          ns1 Sep 23, 2013 04:30 PM

          I think Allumette turned many hounds off with their weird ass "Plate" taster, which amounted to an artists palette of gels and shit.

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            PeterCC Sep 23, 2013 04:57 PM

            With Red Medicine and Ink and Saam and others in town doing successful business, I wouldn't think that'd be a problem.

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              ns1 Sep 23, 2013 05:03 PM

              I can only speak for Ink.Sack, but last year at the same event (well, basically the same...) Voltaggio broke out the liquid nitrogen and offered some awesome sandwiches.

              Allumette...see the pic below. Sorry, that's not tantalizing to me in any way shape size or form.

              1. re: ns1
                TonyC Sep 23, 2013 05:08 PM

                But it was tasty. Alumette's dessert plate was one of the better things there that day.

                He's doing similar things to Ari Taymor/Alma, except with a massive Japanese/Asian twist.

                1. re: TonyC
                  ns1 Sep 23, 2013 05:13 PM

                  k, I guess I'm clearly not his intended market. Tasty as it be, I sure as hell aint paying good money for that.

                  FWIW I didn't find it tasty either.

                  1. re: TonyC
                    soniabegonia Sep 23, 2013 05:43 PM

                    He's doing similar things to Ari Taymor/Alma, except with a massive Japanese/Asian twist.
                    He's doing similar things to Ari Taymor/Alma, except very poorly.

                    Every single dish I had at Alumette was a completely salt bomb and things just didn't come together as nicely and expertly as at Alma. I wanted the whole ordeal to be over so I could get the hell out of there. One of the worst dining experiences in recent memory, especially at that price point.

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              kevin Sep 23, 2013 06:00 PM

              My bad Bob. I completely mixed up Alma and Alumette.

              Alma is the one that solely has the tasting menu format now.

              1. ipsedixit Sep 23, 2013 06:18 PM

                I've tried.

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                  gordo26 Sep 24, 2013 10:41 PM

                  Went there a few months back. Tricky location in my opinion, but Chef Miles is doing some great things there. If this was on the west side he would truly be killing it. My westside bias is coming through as I was non too happy driving out that far - but was glad I did.

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                    kevin Sep 24, 2013 10:58 PM

                    Wow. That picture above does look vile.

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                      set0312 Feb 24, 2014 10:23 PM

                      Anybody went recently? Been thinking about going for a while but the location is tricky.

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                        BacoMan Mar 2, 2014 03:03 AM

                        I too am waiting to see some more positive reports...

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