It was an incredibly busy and stressful week, so by the time I took the
train down to New York City today, I was in some definite need for some
pampering. So first, a visit to
John Allan’s, for the full service treatment (a scalp massage, hair cut and styled, a hot
towel treatment, a manicure, and a shoe shining). Then Stacey and I
went to Aquavit.
The last time we had gone to Aquavit was for my birthday, where we had
the 17 course “tiny bites” tasting menu. We were stuffed to the gills
after that, so this time, we opted for the 7 course chef’s tasting
menu. It was supposedly a smaller amount of food, but we were still rolling
out the door by the time we were done.
- Fennel and raisin bread, with herbed butter. Yum!
- A kobe beef ravioli — where the cube of raw kobe beef was used
as the “pasta”, which was filled with mashed taro root as the
stuffing. A truffle tea broth was poured over the whole concoction.
- Mackerel, lightly broiled and coated with ground pepper paired
with a rich oxtail stewed in red wine, topped with a small piece of
octopus. The soft, incredibly rich beef was a great contrast with the
firmer (although not chewy) octopus.
- For the cheese course, a trio consisting of a strong, soft
cheese, olive flan, and a salty rosemary bread. Each of the trio had
their own, very strong flavor, but you could put them together in
arbitrary combinations, and they all tasted really good, combining in
different ways to draw out different aspects of their flavor.
We particularly enjoyed pairing the olive flan with
the cheese, and with the rosemary bread.
- A bottle of viognier wine from the Miner Family vinyards in the Napa Valley. It’s a white wine which is fruity, but well-balanced with enough crisp acidity
that went well with pretty much all of the dishes on the tasting menu.
There were a lot more very yummy dishes, but unfortunately I can’t
remember them all. I guess next time I’m going to have to bring a
notepad along and take notes….