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Old 11-13-2006, 04:07 AM   #1
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Five Course Degustation Menu

Haven't posted any food pics lately, but here's one that I did recently. It was a five-course degustation menu for $90.

First Course: Trio of Fruits of the Sea: Sake Poached Shrimp with a Wasabi-Lime Aioli, Tristan Lobster Summer Roll with Ponzu Sauce, Pacific Dungeness Crab Salad with a Preserved Lemon and Ginger Emulsion



Second Course: Salad of Slow Roasted Beets, Maui Goat Cheese, Micro Greens, Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Yuzu Dressing



Third Course: Braised Kobe Beef Shortrib Tian with Crispy Taro and Miniature Onion Rings, Taro and Fuji Apple Puree, Truffled Demi Glace



Fourth Course: Grilled Kanpachi with Bacon Braised Lentils, Asparagus, Vine Ripened Tomato, Pea Shoots, Citrus-Miso Emulsion



Fifth Course: Puree of Fresh Stawberry "Soup", Vanilla Gelato, Cookie Tuile


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Old 11-13-2006, 05:37 AM   #2
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all looks great to me, thanks, u did great, I love it
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Old 11-13-2006, 06:17 AM   #3
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Beautiful. I especially like the salad and tian. Veritable works of art.
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Old 11-13-2006, 06:23 AM   #4
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GORGEOUS!!!! Bet it tastes wonderful. I'm not a chef, not even close, but what in the world is a degustation meal? I have never ever heard that term before.
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:16 AM   #5
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:38 AM   #6
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Kudos, ironchef. This looks trerific and I'll be it tastes great, too!
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Old 11-13-2006, 10:40 AM   #7
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GORGEOUS!!!! Bet it tastes wonderful. I'm not a chef, not even close, but what in the world is a degustation meal? I have never ever heard that term before.
Cindy - a degustation menu is a tasting menu of smaller portions in which a foodie can savor LOTS of different things, a true foodies heaven!

A degustation menu is about the FOOD, not the company
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Isn't gelato supposed to be surved between the appitizer and main course? :P
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Old 11-13-2006, 10:59 AM   #9
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Looks great!
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What stunning food! How beautiful.
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Old 11-13-2006, 11:38 AM   #11
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It looks and sounds wonderful, Ironchef!

When I was in Lisbon in the Spring, the chef at the hotel where we stayed did a degustation menu, just for my husband and me.... We had become friendly with him and he suggested that we try one of his degustation meals on a Sunday evening when he knew he wouldn't be too busy. Must see if I can look out the menu and I'll post it - stupidly, we didn't think to take a camera into the restaurant.
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Isn't gelato supposed to be surved between the appitizer and main course? :P
Gelato is a dessert. It's an Italian "ice cream" although there's no cream in it. You're thinking of a sorbet which can also be served as a dessert, or as an intermezzo/palate cleanser.
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Beautiful plates and I think we all wish we could been there.
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Old 11-13-2006, 12:49 PM   #14
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Ironchef, again you've proven what a culinary artist you really are!

The courses are beautiful, and the various colors are so appealing!
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:16 PM   #15
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Just gorgeous, Ironchef, I can't believe you did it all for $90, excellent work!
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:08 PM   #16
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I wish I could taste these wonderful creations. I love just about any seafood and your salad course looks fantastic, as does your dessert. I would pass on the beef course only because beef doesnt agree with me, but other than that it looks so appealing.

All of these dishes are eye candy to me with your color and textures.
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Old 11-14-2006, 04:37 AM   #17
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Thanks. Sometimes it's frustrating though because what comes out on the menu can be dependant on other factors that are out of the chef's control. This was one of my more "vanilla" degustation menus, meaning that it was nothing too cutting edge because I had both cost and staffing restraints. But then sometimes it doesn't have to be totally avant garde. As long as the flavors are there, most diners will be happy.
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Cindy - a degustation menu is a tasting menu of smaller portions in which a foodie can savor LOTS of different things, a true foodies heaven!

A degustation menu is about the FOOD, not the company
OH WOW!!!! Wish I had the money!!!! BTW, that's how I like it, a little of this, and a little of that. I'M HUNGRY!!! Thanks a lot!!! lol
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What are micro greens and pea shoots? Looks yummy whatever it is :-)
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What are micro greens and pea shoots? Looks yummy whatever it is :-)
Micro Greens are just basically an assortment of the sprouts of other vegetables such as brocolli, curly cress, arugula, mustard greens, etc.

Pea Shoots are basically exactly that, the shoots (tendrils/leaves) of growing peas, most commonly from snow peas.
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