Monday, June 14, 2010

Per Se ♥ ♥


It was September 2007 and I was in New York.

This blog did not exist then, but my obsession with good food already did.

Ever since it opened, I had been dreaming to experience the magic of Thomas Keller’s restaurant Per Se, which at that time was voted the very best in New York, and the 9th best in the world.

Number 9.


So imagine my ecstasy when we finally arrived. I was giggling with excitement as the host led us to our table at the center of the room. We had perfect view of Columbus Circle and the most celebrated Central Park. Wow. 

Too bad though, the wow ended there.

Per Se’s 9-course chef’s tasting menu left much to be desired.

 SNC11139Salmon Tartare Cones


SNC11141Cauliflower Panna Cotta with Island Creek Oyster Glaze and Sevruga Caviar


SNC11142Salad of Fennel and Turnip?


SNC11143Foie Gras, Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly with Toasted Brioche


SNC11146Crispy Skin Barramundi Fillet?


SNC11148Blurry Scottish Langoustines


SNC11153Veal Sweetbreads, Beets and Black Summer Truffles


SNC11154Braised Berkshire Pork Belly with Lentils and Maple Pork Jus


SNC11156 Snake River Farms Beef and Crispy Bone Marrow


SNC11157Elysian Fields Farm Rib Eye of Lamb


SNC11158aFirst cheese course


SNC11159Second cheese course


SNC11160Apricot Sorbet?


SNC11163Chocolate Sauce with Sweetened Salty Hazelnuts, Hazelnut Streusel with
Condensed Milk Sorbet


SNC11164Granny Smith Apple Consommé with Ginger Ice Cream


We expected to be blown away plate after plate, only to be mildly impressed with just 3 courses - the caviar, foie gras PB&J, and the pork belly. Most other dishes were standard hotel fare. The sweetbreads and the desserts disappointed sorely.

I guess we went with our expectations too high, but then that IS what you do when you’re at New York’s best, and the world’s 9th best. 


So was the meal at Per Se worth all that money?

SNC11165Thank goodness I really loved the freebie macarons!


This 2010, Per Se is voted the 10th best restaurant in the world.


Per Se: 4/F, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10019, USA.  Tel: +1-212-823-9335

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