I know, I know, you’re thinking WHERE have you been? Posts of song lyrics/music videos/etc is just lame – so let’s speak FOOD….!!! That’s what you guys come here for, right? I hope you still do. I’ve been super busy with, LIFE. And happiness and just living the dream.
It was super last minute and the day before but we, B & I settled on commiting to Les Zygomates. So after getting dolled up listening to some good music and drinking some bubbles we headed out into the freezing night for a good time. Dinner at Les Zygomates + Estate.
It was pretty funny because I asked them if we could order off the regular menu and they said NO, if we sat at a table we HAD to get the Prix Fixe and we could only order off the regular menu if we sat at the bar.
And yes I made that face.
I think I made that noise too….
Their New Year’s Eve Menu
First Course (choice of one)
Lobster Bisque, Puff Pastry, Oloroso Sherry
Endive & Chicory Salad Cider Vinaigrette, Roquefort Cheese, Spiced Filberts, Shaved Heirloom Apple
Onion Soup Gratinee
Torchon of Foie Gras, Chocolate Brioche, Dried Figs & Port ($12 supplement)
Second Course (choice of one)
Thatch Island Oysters, Mignonette
Seared Pork Belly, Lentils de Puy, Sherry-Honey Emulsion
Escargot, Braised Black Garlic, Fresh Fettuccine, Roasted Tomato & Thyme, Cumin Scented Marcona Almonds
Tuna Tartar, Sesame Soy Vinaigrette, Hearts of Palm, Winter Melon, Cucumber & Lotus Root
Third Course (choice of one)
Pan Roasted Giannone Chicken Breast, Braised Escarole, Lardons, Sweet & Sour Cherry Gastrique
Grilled Painted Hills Sirloin, Kennebec Potato Gratin, Maitake Mushrooms, Green-Peppercorn Red Wine Sauce
Seared Diver Sea Scallops, Black Truffle-Parsnip Puree, Chestnut Veloute, Fried Kale
Lightly Roasted Berkshire Pork Chop, Roasted Butternut Squash, Braised Apples, Calvados Glazed Onions
Grilled Faroe Island Salmon, Whole Grain Mustard Whipped Potatoes, Braised Lentils, Brussels Sprout Leaves
Dessert (choice of one)
Creme Brulee Tartlett
L’opera Cake with Pistachio and Pomegranate
Assorted Ice Cream & Sorbet
Ok so knowing me, you guys should know what I wanna do with this. B was a true sport and we picked the dishes out together. He actually pointed out today how funny and ‘food critic’ of me that I made the comment “Nothing in the third course really pops out at me… can I just order one of each second course?” We got a decent bottle of Rosé…. and then later on each had a different glass of wine… I liked B’s better so he switched with me :] HEE HEE HEE
Yes I have issues, you have to ask B why he puts up with it :] Rawr rawr rawr purr purr purr…..
Torchon of Foie Gras
Chocolate Brioche, Dried Figs & Port
This was DIVINE.. of course, a huge delicious piece of foie perfectly cooked and amaaaaazing with the slightly re-hydrated dried figs. The chocolate brioche wasn’t sweet but had a nice bitter chocolate, very mellow, taste, that had a perfect fit to the fatty foie.
Endive & Chicory Salad
Cider Vinaigrette, Roquefort Cheese, Spiced Filberts, Shaved Heirloom Apple
This wasn’t bad but it wasn’t super amazing – I think it was overdressed and just so-so. I mean a simple salad is a simple salad. Yeah we didn’t finish this, BUT it was refreshing after DEVOURING the foie. Definitely a good palate cleanser…[esp from the cider vinaigrette]
Thatch Island Oysters
We were actually gonna just order like a half dozen oysters but they were on the menu, so WHY NOT?! They were huge briney and delicious. So just to let you know, Thatch Island Oysters are from Branstable Harbor, Cape Cod so they’re pretty local, I also LOVE LOVE LOVE and PREFER East Coast to West Coast Oysters, so YAYYYY.. happy little me.
Seared Pork Belly
Lentils de Puy, Sherry-Honey Emulsion
Not gonna lie, Pork Belly is never bad, but the lentils to pork belly is kinda like… UHHHHH…. yeah. It was nothing special though.. I guess there’s only so much people do with pork belly now? Yay for Asians who are more creative…. but overall a solid dish, I kinda wish we went for escargot…. I was thinking of it but I always figured Oysters CHECK, Pork Belly CHECK – Maybe I went wrong this time?!
Pan Roasted Giannone Chicken Breast
Braised Escarole, Lardons, Sweet & Sour Cherry Gastrique
Ok I blame myself for ordering this, but it was the most interesting on the list [other than scallops, which we also ordered] While the lardons and the flavoring was great the chicken was sooooo dryyyyyy I kinda was dying….
Seared Diver Sea Scallops
Black Truffle-Parsnip Puree, Chestnut Veloute, Fried Kale
These were absolutely amazing and totally B’s call. In fact, since I didn’t like the chicken he was so sweet to trade with me and actually eat a lot of the chicken. HOW IS B NOT THE BEST THING EVER? He let me eat the scallops <3
They had four different ice creams, all of them were the usual except for this one, it was like some boozy kind of a sort.
But the reason why he’s THAT awesome is that he ordered espresso to pour over the ice cream and made it into an affogato – yeah I think he knows the way to my heart.
Creme Brulee Tartlett
This was good, but no ice cream with espresso.. hahaha, my bad. By this time I was just happy and my tummy was happy and I was just loving the affogato - so NO, this dessert did not fail… I was just distracted by my talented partner in crime’s idea :]
SO Happy New Years from US TWO… May everyone have the most amazing 2014… cuz I just ended 2013 in a FUCKING AWESOME WAY and it’s definitely off to a darn good start with this guy around ;]
Best. New Years. EVER.