per se || 10 columbus circle #4, new york, ny 10019 || (212) 823-9335
per se probably needs no introduction but that just wouldn’t be proper. it has been long awarded with 3 michelin stars and maintained its status with good reason, thanks to chef thomas keller who ingrains the perfectionism into this establishment. this was a peaceful marriage between my eyes, tastebuds, and stomach and all senses, if that were to ever exist. my adventure from the 7 course lunch of 4 hours:
afraid and/or excited selfie
amouse bouche, salmon tartare on a cone
note the houndstooth theme on their plate sets and even the dinner cloth.
“oysters & pearls” – sabayon of pearl tapioca + island creek oysters + sterling white sturgeon caviar
i love sodium! various salts from rare places + different eras, to be paired with the foie gras to give different overtones & WOW to each bite
“torchon of elevages perigord moulard duck foie gras” – foie gras is my achilles heel. this was as delicious as it looked
“hawaiian heart of peach palm bavarois” – hearts of palm salad that initially sounded boring, but boring it was never.
pretty bread i took a mini bite of just so i could taste their fresh butter
more bread choices. if you have a spacier stomach, feel free to indulge in their breads. otherwise, pace yourself!
“boudin de homard” – lobster pudding w/cauliflower purée + garden state peaches + piedmont hazelnuts + caper nuage (cloud)
“four story hill farm’s suckling pig porchetta” w/brentwood corn + oregon chanterelle mushrooms + pea tendrils + aji dulce peppers
the magic box of australian black winter truffles!!! don’t judge a book by its cover, otherwise truffles would be deemed as disgusting.
charcoal grilled snake river farms’ calotte de beouf w/yukon gold potato rings + persian cucumbers + heirloom carrots + kendall farms crème fraîche
the sinsu cocktail: st. germain elderflower liquor + grey goose vodka + hibiscus syrup + grapefruit juice. success! they had an extensive list of wines & scotches but as for the cocktail menu, i wasn’t inclined to order any of them & kindly requested my own concoction :D
“assortment of desserts” part 1: fruits
“assortment of desserts” part 2: ice cream
“assortment of desserts” part 3: chocolates
“assortment of desserts” part 4: “candies”
the per se parting gift tin box of chocolate cookie sandwiches
photo sesh time!
commanding the art direction…or pointing out we’ve closed up shop, yet again.
the per se photo sesh isn’t complete until you’ve taken a tour of their kitchen & waved hello to the chefs over at french laundry via their live video conference
merry xmas for your mouth & eyes!