Friday, July 21, 2006

7.20.06 -- Grandma Dinner


Lemon yogurt
Baby carrots
Chocolate Pudding
Valencia Orange

Glass cabernet sauvignon
From the kitchen: cheese puff, marinated eggplant, carrot soup
"Heirloom tomato sandwich" -- This was 5 or 6 layers alternating between raw heirloom tomatoes and lightly breaded and fried green tomatoes in a flavored oil and aioli with what I think was black mint and baby basil. It was good.
Pea carbonara -- Fresh peas and pods, pancetta, poached egg and fresh egg fettucine
Glass of Viognier
Monkfish in lobster and pea sauce, butter potatoes, some kind of greens
Buttermilk panna cotta with rhubarb sorbet and sesame tuile in rhubarb soup -- The sesame crisp was actually what made this dish work.

There was a lot to like about this restaurant. Bill Telepan is into fresh, greenmarket ingredients, so he uses light, clean sauces and flavors. You also can do a larger number of smaller courses like we did. This all meant that you left not hungry but also not feeling disgusting and full on a humid night. I had been wanting to try this place, but don't like to pressure my grandmother into nice meals that she may or may not like. Luckily, one of my grandmother's bridge partners recommended it, so she was excited to try it.


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