After a lovely afternoon of wine tasting we headed on up to Yountville, a small town in Napa County California, staying in a converted railway car.
Later that evening MP, Thomas ( a friend traveling with us ) and I went for dinner. MP told me before we left the UK to pack a cocktail dress. That was all the information I was given. Thankfully I packed just the right one with heels to match, as it turned out we went for dinner at ‘The Restaurant’ at Meadowood. St Helena Napa Valley’s first country resort. ‘The Restaurant’ is a Michelin Three Star restaurant. Christopher Kostow is the chef. Once the booking is made he creates a specific menu just for us. There is no set menu. As we approached the front steps a doorman was there to greet us personally and show us to our table. The open fire in the front room was lit and lots of comfy chairs surrounded it. The curved dinning room had approx 8-10 tables all with views out to the grounds. With crisp clean white table clothes and shining silver cutlery we settled in. I’m not really sure but I think we had 4 waiters. Our first wine for the evening was served and we were told that the dinner would consist of 13 courses. ‘Good Grief’ I thought ‘how was I going to manage that’.
As each course was served a member of the staff would explain what it was made from and where the ingredients came from…. a lot from their own gardens on the resort and local farms. Each course was tiny, sometimes just a few mouthfuls and at first I was skeptical of all these fancy ingredients and strange looking dishes. After the third course I began to relax…Every dish so far was exciting and delicious. The wines to match where superb.
I’m sorry I have no photos to show you but to me, grabbing my phone and taking pics was not the right thing to do. So be sure to have a look via the links.
So …..here is our menu
borage oyster leaf mignonette ….( oyster…easy…love oysters…but where is it..? no oyster? but it tastes just like an oyster..!!! How did chef do that ?? )
miner’s lettuce caviar asparagus smoked butter……..(“Oh no..!! I hate asparagus.. !!! ……..and I thought I hated asparagus.)
mackerel green apricot escabeche celery…..( I never thought I would say “more celery please )
abalone beans wild onion…..( loving that abalone….nothing will ever match that. )
kohlrabi cooked in its own juice rye porridge mustard seed……( Huh ?? but I really want some more )
trout buckwheat fermented turnip…..( fish ? no veg ! no fish….who cares its greeeaaat )
duck tea chrysanthemum dill.. (mmmm refreshing….more ??…..no….ok I’ll drink the wine….. )
coal seared foie raw rhubarb….( RAW.!!!! RHUBARB!!!!……..I’m sold )
Wait for this one……………………………are you ready.?????
grilled duck fudge yam sorrels….( yuck….yams !!!!! …did she say yams ???? ..would it be rude to reach over and take MP’s?)
goat cheese apple porridge bread..(mmmmm……I really want to lick the plate. )
sheeps milk yogurt hibiscus rose wild plum…..(….no i’m NOT sharing….)
chocolate burnt milk walnut spicebush….( Chocolate !!!! bring it on…..Heaven…I’m in heaven…)
chocolate chestnut……(……go away….I’m not giving this dish back….)
and the wines to match…
Williams Selyem “Limestone Ridge” Chenin Blanc San Benito County 2013
Latour-Giraud Premier Cru “Meursault-Charmes” Meursault 2012
Frederic Esmonin Grand Cru “Mazy-Chambertin” Gevrey-Chambertin 2010
Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999
Graham’s Vintage Port Oporto 1975
Afterwards we sat by the fire with coffee/tea and port. It was ok now to get my phone out.
and the waiter gave us each a copy of our menu with our names on it…
What an experience ……
I have to go now….I’m really hungry.
Stay Posted … Love L