Had a “Surf & Turf” Tasting Menu (234/366)

234SurfNTurfTop“Cooking is like love.  It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”
~ Harriet van Horne

 

Another installment of N’s gourmet meals today.  If you read about our trips to the French Laundry, the Restaurant at Meadowood, or Benu this year, you have an idea of the kinds of outstanding dining experiences I’ve been treated to – but my ridiculously awesome husband not only has an affinity for tasting beautiful, creative dishes and experiencing new adventures in food, but for being inspired by these presentations and then conjuring his own, as well.  Tonight, he went all out on another tasting menu for me (I already wrote about the one representing my “Favorite Things“) – this time, he did a whole menu on the theme, “Surf & Turf,” (another one of my favorite things!) and it was awesome!

We started with an amuse bouche that he called a “Sausage Sandwich” – a tiny sandwich he had made out of two different kinds of sausage (from our favorite meat purveyor 4505 Meats) – lamb and trout.  Crazy, huh?  Not a common combination, and not one that I’d put together, myself!  To my delighted surprise, it was delicious!
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Our appetizer was a wonderful combination of lamb tartar and shrimp ceviche.  SO good.
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Next were lovely morsels of [hand-seasoned, breaded, and] Fried Chicken and Shrimp, plus a beautiful remoulade sauce.
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Here, Nick cleverly served two very different smoked delights: [Hot] Smoked Pork Belly, and Cold-Smoked Sturgeon with a Sweet Corn and Pepper Relish.
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Next he served a gorgeous Sea Scallop on Sirloin, with Roasted Asparagus Tips.
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And of course, you really can’t do Surf & Turf without doing Filet and Lobster.  The simple preparation of these two heavenly things (the Filet was seared, the Lobster steamed) just helps to showcase how special they really are.
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And yes, our Surf & Turf dessert was AWESOME.  No, he didn’t put trout in the ice cream (thank goodness)!  He did put bacon in it though – it was SO good – and though he said he “cheated” a bit making the “Surf” part the Goldfish cookies, I was more than happy with that interpretation.
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This meal was fantastic – of course I LOVE Surf & Turf, but I thought the thought behind each dish, their presentations, and the way the flavors in each course melded together and complimented each other was just spectacular.
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Related Links:
4505 Meats
I’ve Never Done That: Dined at The French Laundry (98/366)
I’ve Never Done That: Eaten at the Restaurant at Meadowood (177/366)
I’ve Never Done That: Eaten at Benu (217/366)
I’ve Never Done That: Had Lobster Jook (Chinese Rice Porridge) (197/366)

 

 

 

 

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