Monday, February 13, 2012

Saturday's lunch

Saturday's lunch at La Colombe was exquisite. Marie's parents treated us to three hours of fine dining, superb drinking (man, they make a lot of great wine here!), and flawless service in a location that was entirely genteel yet also relaxing. We dined en plein air, accompanied by the sounds of wind through palm fronds.

crab salad dressed in yuzu, on miso and orange crema, with mirin and dashi jellies and daikon radish mousse, with sweet potato crisps

medallions of pan-seared springbok, wilted baby spinach, poached fig, potato fondant, truffle jus, pan fried foie gras, shimeji mushrooms, roasted garlic

smoked chocolate torte, rolled in coffee and hazelnut crumble, Hennessey marshmallow, hazelnut covered meringue, poached sour cherries, tobacco salted caramel sauce, hazelnut semi-freddo

A vintage 2000 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir was the most expensive wine I've ever drunk,

and the dessert wine, a Vin de Constance, one of the most delicious. I must find this in NYC!

Thank you Henri & Maureen for an unforgettable meal!


At February 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM , Anonymous Mark said...

Good heavens, woman, are you trying to torture us poor slobs getting through the gray and cold and living out of the fridge? The pictures alone have me salivating like a rabid sled dog at my desk.

I had sumptious shredded wheat with prunes and yogurt for breakfast, so there.

Writer's retreat in South Africa, anyone?

At February 14, 2012 at 10:31 AM , Blogger Mum said...

Dear Ellen: What an incredible experience. Just reading....and then viewing... your wonderful meal was a joy. Guess we'll never go back to mac and cheese! Do you think Marie's family eats this way all the time?

You could not have been luckier than to have had this rare experience. And we loved just thinking about it. Lots of love, Mum

At February 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM , Blogger donna said...

i have to echo all that mark & mum had to say.

At February 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

Note to self: do not read Ellen's blog when hungry, lol! Looks amazing.

At February 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM , Anonymous frank@nycg said...

I'm afraid they might!And I see from where Marie gets her talents.

At February 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM , Blogger Marie said...

Ellen's mum - I love Mac and Cheese, and I hear yours is the best.

Ellen (Lobster)salad :-)

Sniff. Grey Brooklyn is just not the same.

At February 22, 2012 at 12:16 AM , Blogger meemsnyc said...

That lunch looks divine!

At March 4, 2012 at 8:42 AM , Blogger webb said...

Dear Ellen,

have only just found your posts about your trip to South Africa, which I have eagerly awaited. sounds like a wonderful trip, despite the airlines. Thanks so much for sharing it.


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