August 4, 2015

A sweet evening

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It's been a while since I last saw the Great One for dinner, and she suggested that we go back to ON Dining Kitchen and Lounge - one of our favorite places in town.  It was obvious that she had only one thing on her mind... the pigeon!

We knew that Jeremy wasn't gonna be around, as he's busy training up the staff at Épure this week.  It turns out that Philippe wasn't in the kitchen tonight, either.  But fear not, Nicolas was around to take good care of us.

Parmesan crackers - the usual snack.  Always nice to start with this.

Tourteau crab, lobster, oyster dressing, chilled potato sauce - a dish I loved on my very first visit, and this being the middle of summer, I really wanted to have it again.  Such a refreshing and delicious dish!  Loved the sweetness of both the crab and the lobster.  The combination of chilled potato soup and finely diced chives just conjured up memories of Vichyssoises in my mind...

Roasted pigeon, artichokes, baby spinach and lemon chutney - no, I did not order the pigeon again... because I wanted to try something different for once.  But I did get to have 2 bites of Hello Kitty's pigeon, and it was as good as it's ever been.

Milk fed veal sweetbreads, artichoke macaroni, natural jus - it's been a while since I last had some sweetbreads, and I thought I'd give this a try.  Gotta admit, though, that I was surprised by the size of this... since it was one whole piece.  Topped with finely diced mix of spring vegetables.  The real treat, though, was the baked macaroni filled with artichoke purée.

Jeremy's cheese selection - just because he isn't here tonight, it doesn't mean that we're not gonna have "Jeremy's cheese selection", right....?

Brillat-Savarin - can I ever get tired of this triple-cream, melt-in-your-mouth thing of wonder?  I think so...

Pic de Bigorre - rich and creamy, with a bit of acidity as well as a ripe and bitter finish.  Slightly skanky, but that's not exactly a bad thing when it comes to cheese...

(Lassan Sandaire?) - a little bitter.

(Crosseur?) - with pine.

Saint-Félicien - who doesn't love a runny cheese?  Very, very ripe and spicy.

Petit Fiancé

Comté, aged 4 years


Fourme d'Ambert

2004 Ponsot Morey Saint Denis Cuvée des Grives - a little leather, fruits like cherries and plums.  Nice acidity here, and drinking well now.

A pretty good evening, and a reminder that I need to come back for that pigeon more often!

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