Lunar new year is almost upon us, and ILL decided to organize a big feast in advance of the seasonal festivities. I haven't been to a big gathering like this in a while, and it was interesting to watch the dynamics around the table between different groups among the 14 of us… The venue? Tim's Kitchen (桃花源), one of my favorite places in town.
I arrived a little late, and immediately plonked down my bottles of wine on the table. A big feast is the perfect opportunity to get rid of inventory, and I'm in need of freeing up some space in my cellar. Tonight was also apparently the big opportunity to exchange food gifts after Christmas, and jars of jam, preserves and other goodies made their way around (and across) the table.
The menu was pre-ordered, and I'm glad that I pretty much didn't have a hand in it, as I would very much prefer to see what others would order here. In the end, though, a number of my favorite dishes did show up anyway… which made me happy.
A round of appetizers were presented at the start of dinner:
once before, as it requires pre-ordering and a large group to share. Pretty good.
first tasting it 3 years ago.