A wonderful sentiment, that. It touches on the essence of what eating with those I care for means to me. A chance to stop and smell the roses, or in this case, the foie gras. Food is a great way to celebrate anything, whether it be something truly momentous like graduation from Law School, or something of seemingly less import, a moment that in its slightness of being might seem trivial. Like simply being alive and in good company. Pavarotti’s words seemed an appropriate way to open this entry.
|Parmesan Cheese Sticks|
with savory foam
Our reservations were fairly early evening, about 6:00 ish, since the GS had to be at the venue by 6:30 the following morning. (Don’t get me started on the Powers That Be scheduling a graduation event for 9:00 am in the morning on a Friday). We were graciously escorted to our seats promptly upon arrival, it was a lovely table in a location perfect for absorbing the feng shui. Once we sat, the festivities began almost immediately. First up, an amuse bouche of these serendipitous little Fried Parmesan & Kale sticks. They were this delightfully amusing cross between a super high-end Cheeto and a slightly meatier Cheese Stick. From the time she was old enough to say “cheese sticks” the GS had been ordering Cheese Sticks at just about every restaurant we had ever visited. She’s always been a very big fan of all things cheese.
|Monterey Bay Abalone|
|Roast Porcelet w/ Boudin Noir|
|Heavenly Cheese! |
|Spring Flower Pot - dessert!|
The other desserts were tantalizingly, temptingly and teasingly springlike. One was actually titled a “Spring flowerpot” and as you can see from the picture, it really was a flowerpot of goodness. Can there be any flaw in a dish in which “earth” is replaced with shaved chocolate? I think not! The colors were inspiring and the taste was like eating magic. The final dessert was a Kieffer lime parfait, smothered in the ripe red goodness of Mother’s nature’s kiss, the strawberry.
The flavors were all simple perfection. Bits of natural sugar, citrus and cake. So many combinations of that rainbow. Like a simple bouquet of perfection, as tasty as a newly blooming flower garden is pretty.
The meal was finished off by a lovely little “post” bouche of truffled chocolates. The Grad Student had a pot of the most mezmerizing tea, another play on the flower theme, it literally bloomed before our eyes. As it was a special occasion, we were graciously invited back to meet Chef Kinch, which was a delight in itself. I am always honored to be in the presence of an artist, and the modern chefs are the Picassos and Monets of our time.
|Tea - Before|
Definitely check it out. Bon Appetit!
320 Village Lane
Los Gatos, CA 95030-7218
Table Size: ample
Noise Level: intimately quiet