Le Bernardin – New York, NY
There’s a reason this restaurant has three Michelin stars, seven James Beard Awards and is ranked 24 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Time and time again it’s impeccable. I’ve been twice now, the first time having the Chef’s Tasting Menu and the second ordering a la carte. Both were divine and different which was extremely satisfying. Each dish is so beautifully composed and perfect from the presentation to the moment the flavors touch your tongue. Mmmm…I just wanted more! Definitely set your alarm to call two months in advance at 9am EST. It’s worth the effort and money if you can manage it.
Hamachi – flash marinated Hamachi, young radishes and amaranth crisp, Yuzu vinaigrette
Langoustine – seared langoustine, fennel mousse line, spiced citrus-sambal sauce
Snapper – crusted red snapper, pickled Persian cucumbers, green curry-goat yogurt emulsion
This post is very overdue but I just wanted to say congrats to local chef Tom Douglas for his much deserved win for Outstanding Restauranteur from the James Beard Foundation. I may be biased because I’m from Seattle but Tom is outstanding in all that he does. From the restaurants that he has opened and runs to the cookbooks and spices and to the events and philanthropic work he does…he’s amazing! Short and sweet…congrats Tom…you earned this!!!