Tuesday, November 26, 2013

niche (6) - clayton, mo

7734 forsyth boulevard
clayton, mo 63105

- this was by far my favorite meal at niche, with both food and service exceeding any of my previous visits
- our primary server (jen) was terrific, being both friendly and knowledgeable while showing a deep passion for the restaurant
- the beverage pairing was well worth it, and i liked how it deviated from the norm a bit with a madeira being poured with the first course
- eating the niche egg never gets old...it is effing brilliant
- dia's cheese bread with the whipped lardo is fantastic 
- the pork shoulder course was the most successful use of ice cream in a savory dish i have yet encountered
- i enjoyed the desserts almost as much as the savories...a rarity for me
tea to begin

bread with aged butter

dia's cheese bread - house charcuterie, pickles 

coxinha and the niche egg

celery root soup - celery, dill, pecans, brewster oats

beets - candy onion, trout, sage, meyer lemon, buckwheat

smoked pork shoulder - hickory, popcorn, pecan, brussels sprouts

(supplement) sorrel-ricotta ravioli - pork broth, chervil, cracklins, lemon

carrot/ginger/gin freeze pop

filet of beef - acorn squash, leek, chestnut, horseradish, port

clafoutis - sweet potato, mulled wine, jonathan apple

lemon meringue - rosemary, stout, shortbread


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

sidney street cafe (3) - st. louis

2000 sidney street
st. louis, mo 63104
- 6 course tasting menu with carrie and i each receiving a different course (except for course one)
- wonderful service...very friendly and knowledgeable, dish descriptions were perfect
- the food was not only more complex than i remembered, but it was also more whimsical...this is definitely the most fun i have had at sidney street
- standout dishes were the hamachi crudo (an exercise in both temperature and texture), the scallops (pig noodles!), and the rabbit and waffles. the celery soda was also insane!
- sidney street is definitely one the best restaurants in st. louis
hamachi crudo - puffed rice, apple snow, and more
smoked shrimp, sausage stuffed heads, pumpkin broth
foie gras - smoked torchon, cranberry chutney, candied foie gras stuffed crab apple

dungeness crab - sunchokes, green tomato gelee, tarragon marshmallows, brown butter vinaigrette, crappy iphone picture
veal sweetbreads - corned sweetbread hash, cornbread, "cranberry ketchup", poached quail egg


celery soda
carmelized scallops - pig noodles, bok choy, turnips, and more
loup de mer - posole and more
 sour apple sorbet
elk strip - kimchi spaetzle, brussel sprouts, preserves sour cherry gremolata, bone marrow vinaigrette
rabbit and waffles - chicken fried rabbit, breakfast sausage, collard greens, sourdough waffles, mustard/sorghum ice cream
carrot cake - ginger meringue, butternut squash puree, lemon curd and more
 "snicker bar" - chocolate mousse, honey nougat, roasted peanuts, dulce de leche, ganache, chocolate sorbet