When it comes to fine dining – you simply can’t beat the French.
Don’t get me wrong – I could eat Italian food for every day of my life (or Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese or Thai food for that matter), but the French have a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to cooking with rare ingredients and creating haute cuisine.
So when it came to choosing a Michelin star restaurant in NYC, Will and I agreed on French fare at Bouley’s (163 Duane Street, New York City, 10013).
We met up with Tina at the restaurant for a late dinner. It was still quite busy, so we enjoyed a glass of champagne on the house while we waited.
When we were seated at our table, we were charmed by our very French waiter to take the degustation menu.
(Not that three hungry foodies needed much persuasion!)
First came the bread trolley.
It was a ‘pain’ to chose only one, so they kindly let me chose two breads 😉
Next the amuse bouche.
One of the great things about the degustation menu here is that you can choose what courses you want on the tasting menu.
We all chose slightly different options from the menu and picked off each others’ plates during dinner so that we could try them all. (Because friends don’t let friends have fear of missing out!)
There were so many wine glasses and plates passing through our table, I don’t even know how to begin.
So I’ll just say ‘Bon appétit’ and start listing them all.
Malibu sea urchin with green apple could and Oscetra caviar.
Wild mushrooms with sweet garlic, spices, grilled toro and black truffle dressing.
Porcini flan with crab and black truffle dashi.
A richly flavoured soup that tastes much better than it looks – promise!
Chatham Day Boat lobster with homemade almond milk and saffron dressing.
Organic Colorado rack of lamb with Tuscan olive and cured lemons.
Organic white tail rabbit with quince, capers, and Japanese risotto.
Kobe beef sirloin cut.
And finally, dessert.
Chilled coconut soup with pineapple granite, fruit sorbet and amaretto ice cream.
Huckleberry soup with elderberry yogurt sorbet.
Mandarin, Clementine and Tangerine Tart with orange sorbet.
And my personal favourite … Hot Valrhona Chocolate Frivolous.
Two dessert courses – no wonder I’m smiling.
While the other two were having a tête-à-tête after dinner, I snooped around the restaurant to admire the decor.
The restaurant is set in a beautiful historic building that has been decorated with the most intricate details.
All the other dinner guests had left by then – which was perfect for me to take photos.
Memories of spring in Provence.
High vaulted ceilings.
Plush chairs and walls.
How do you like them apples?
By the time I came back to the table, the petit fours had arrived.
The other two were still chatting, so I sneakily ate the macaron first. First in, first served – c’est la vie!
Dinner at Bouley was a lovely affair. It was the crème de la crème of haute cuisine and the food and service was impeccable. If anything, it was probably a bit more silver service than I had anticipated – but that is hardly reason to complain. Bonne nuit!
Bouley Restaurant (163 Duane Street, New York City, 10013)