Organic French omelette – The Restaurant at JUSTIN

Organic French omelette - The Restaurant at JUSTIN
Arugula, gruyere, Oscietra caviar. $15
The Restaurant at JUSTIN, Paso Robles CA

This was really good omelet! Maybe a bit too greasy with all the dripping butter, but it tasted great if you drained the butter to one side, I loved the simple arugula salad on the side too.

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Beef tartare and caviar – Pineapple & Pearls

Beef tartare and caviar - Pineapple & Pearls
Bar seating $180
Pineapple & Pearls, Washington DC

This nibble was SO small that it was kinda comical that it came out on such a comparatively large glass platter. I guess it was tasty enough, but there wasn’t much of it to really grasp onto. Kinda left you hanging…

“Oysters and Pearls” – The French Laundry

"Oysters and Pearls" - The French Laundry
“Sabayon” of pearl tapioca with Island Creek oysters and white sturgeon caviar. Chef’s Tasting Menu $270
The French Laundry, Yountville CA

"Oysters and Pearls" - The French Laundry
This has got to be one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. It’s small, but it packs a punch! The caviar was tasty and I loved the texture, and the oysters were firm but weren’t overcooked.

"Oysters and Pearls" - The French Laundry
Gotta love the small mother of pearl spoon they provide to eat this delicious morsel.

Monkfish liver – Benu

Project 365: Day 104

The conference began today, and I’m both excited and dreading it. There’s people from all over the country and let me just say that the wardrobe is across the board. There are people in shorts and sandals, and there are others (like myself) in pressed slacks and dress shirts. It’s also during times like these that I wish I worked at a place where they can at least afford to provide coffee during breaks, hehe. The coffee in the lobby costs nearly $5 and doesn’t taste very good. I ran over to Caesars Palace to grab lunch at the bar at Mesa Grill. I’m not a huge fan of Bobby Flay, but I wanted to give his restaurant a go. It was pretty good and the bar service was friendly and expedient.

I kind of got carried away after the conference. I went for an early drink (Manhattan) and snacks (clam chowder and raw oysters) at P.J. Clarke’s, then went with a colleague for a full-on dinner at Grand Lux Cafe. Suffice it to say that I totally over-ate! Ugh, I have NO self-control when it comes to food.

Monkfish liver Benu

With caviar, pistachio, cauliflower, lemon jelly, and brioche. Pre fixe dinner $180
Benu, San Francisco

This was a very decadent course. It tasted great, but it was definitely on the heavy side. I’m still not sure what all the components were. The green crumbles were dried pistachio, but I’m not sure what the green blob was – it didn’t taste like lemon jelly. The orange disc was the monkfish liver. I got one! 🙂

Monkfish liver Benu

So many components, so little time (and tummy space, hehe)!

Brioche Benu

Brioche. So rich and buttery.