I've been wanting to try out the fabled Chef's Vegan Tasting Menu at XIV since I read and posted about it a month or two ago. Last NYE I spent in bed with the flu after hiring a molecular gastronomy chef to prepare a feast for myself and my vegan friends at a St.Louis hot spot. So needless to say everyone had a great time at my party eating rare vegan concoctions, while I was at home with a fever miserable. I wanted to go all out this year to make up for my short comings of last. With only a few hours notice XIV's chef Steven orchestrated the following;
(note: I did my best to take notes of each dishes name so there may be some errors. Also, since its an extremely nice place and Tyra Banks was sitting next to us I tried not to use my flash. At the end of the dinner I switched to flash because the table next to us had their body guard taking pics of them.)
#1. Japanese Mountain Caviar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonburi
So I was fooled by this first dish... I said "oh we ordered the vegan..." This is Japanese Mountain Caviar... um what??? from Mountain Fish? I still had to google it when I woke up this morning... Let me tell you I WANT MORE! Its so rare that you're educated and delighted at a meal. What a way to start off the night!
#2. Turnip Tartar
The bits on top of the turnips were infused with a cilantro essence... I took as long as possible to savor each bite.
#3. Truffled Potato Salad
#4. San Marzano Tomate w/ Capers and Lemon
I've never had a tomato quite like this one. It was tart & savory and the capers added a thoughtful zing.
#5. Pine Nut Terrene
Think Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for royalty. The Pine Nut Butter is set with Agar Agar.
#6. Truffled Risotto w/ Soy Foam
#7. Mac'n Cheese
#8. Mushroom haricot vert
#9. Frozen Lychee & Guava Puree
#10. Dark Chocolate w/ Apple Liquor
The large ball is filled with Apple Liquor.. What can I say just amazing.