I'm back in Taipei spending a long weekend with the parental units. I didn't get to spend their anniversary with them last year on account of my banishment, and since they decided to take short trip without me for their anniversary this year, my only recourse was to move my celebrations up by a couple of weeks.
We've been spending the last few celebratory dinners at STAY, and since mom's been pretty happy with them so far, I didn't feel the need to change to another venue.
For the very first time, I actually contemplated seriously about taking one of the set menus here - since the shorter set actually offers the one dish I always order here. But something else caught my eye and it wasn't on the same set menu, so in the end I went back to ordering à la carte...
the wonderful dish from Joël Robuchon. This was gonna be gooood!
Mom and I thought that the à la carte portions we both had were overpriced, because dad's tasting menu portion of the same dish looked nearly identical. Maybe we had a few more of the grayish golden pearls of Kaviari Kristal caviar - which comes from sturgeon farmed in China. We definitely had a lot more gold foil than dad got, but why the hell should I care about how much gold foil I'm getting?!
Unfortunately the execution failed on the two chunks of pork loin. While the centers were still relatively tender, these had obviously been overcooked... and the exterior was really dry and tough. I ate everything except one of the chunks of loin, and when I told mom that I simply refused to eat it, she cut into the piece, took one nibble, and understood. There was simply no pleasure to be had by consuming the loin.