Eleven Madison is our go-to celebration restaurant. (For some reason, we always end up there on a Tuesday.) This past Tuesday night, to celebrate the end (for now) of Jon's having to work 14-hour days for 9 days at a clip, we had the tasting menu. It consisted of 13 courses and lasted for about 4 hours. Gulp.
1. Predinner nibbles. 2. Baked potato ice cream with wild char roe. 3. Heirloom beet salad.
4. Tuna tartar with heirloom tomatoes. 5. Fois gras with cherries and pistachios. 6. Poached lobster with bacon panna cotta and sweet corn.
7. Turbot with a stuffed squash blossom. 8. Suckling pig with braised cipollini onions, baby leeks, and apricot chutney. 9. Lamb with roasted eggplant, fried sweetbreads, and sheep's milk yogurt.
10. Cheese course. 11. Raspberry sorbet and raspberries filled with balsamic vinegar and lemon verbena. 12. Chocolate and peanut butter "palette" with caramel popcorn and popcorn ice cream. There was also a bonbon plate that I forgot to snap. I think I'm still stuffed!