One of my goal before turning the big 4-0 was to hit up at least 5 (or more if my bank account allows it!) different Michelin Star restaurants (minimum 2 stars). So my good eats adventure actually started during my work trip to Las Vegas… #1) Joel Rubuchon, MGM Grand Las Vegas – his namesake restaurant with 3 Michelin Stars (rumor has it, it may have lost one star) #2) EMP – Eleven Madison Park, NYC.
That’s 2 off my list and knowing I’ll get the rest in Paris & Copenhagen… priceless (actually very pricey… LOL).
Paris, France – September 2015
#3) Le Cinq – 3M Stars (I think they recently lost one)
Tasting menu, I will only share what’s memorable to me cuz that means it had an impact on my taste bud… good and bad.
- 1 shot bites, consists of liquid gelatin with fruity taste, foie gras, & raspberry moose with chocolate – this was interesting as it requires you to eat each item in an order, in one bite without chewing (aka 1 shot!). The fruity gelatin cleanses your palate, then the foie gras sets up the savory and ends it with a bittersweet aftermath… like a child eating for the first time, shocking your sweet & bitter sides of your tongue.
- Langoustines! Mmm… the texture is a hybrid between lobster and shrimp, but so much sweeter! This was cooked to medium well, as we all know seafood is temperamental – under cooked leaves a fishy taste, over cooked leaves you chewing on a tough texture. Our langoustines were broiled, seasoned with herb butter and a sweet creamy sauce (yes I know French food is heavy on the sauces but this one is creamy & light).
- Desserts were amazing… like eating ice sculptures and snow fall all blended inside your mouth.
- Side note: I cannot believe this is my first time having this wonderful, sweet, mouth-watering shellfish. How is it possible that I’ve never had Langoustine in NYC, a major food scene until now? Well, I quickly learned – it is actually extremely hard to harvest as it must stay fresh for a certain amount of hours and by the time it ships to NYC eateries, it must then be eaten very quickly.
Copenhagen, Denmark – September 2015
#4) A/O/C – 2M Stars
All I could remember were flowers… and those incredibly pretty clay plates. Almost 40% of the food on the 18 course tasting menu were raw… and I really do prefer my food cooked. So the only 2 food item that stood out, roasted sweetbread with edible flowers and clay-roasted baby potatoes, which requires you to hammer it out!
#5) Geranium – 3M Stars
I’d like to compare Geranium to a Hermes Birkin bag… every dish looks amazing to the eyes, it’s attractive, well presented, just beautiful to look at… but it’s not an everyday meal, just as the Birkin is not your everyday bag. It took a few weeks of observing the booking calendar to get a reservation. NOMA was a no-go, but glad we had Geranium.
I enjoyed all 14 courses of our tasting menu and the oddly juice pairing – we only liked the apple mix – the rest were forgettable. There were 3 standouts – 1) the Hake Fish with Caviar, loads of it! 2) Razor Clams with edible paper and 3) the mysterious soup where we took a tour of the kitchen. With all its thought out service and timing, it was incredible to find that they actually “messed” up our courses. Our servers placed a new plate setting after our amazing hake fish with caviar, which would mean another dish is coming out. However after 10 minutes have passed, our servers simply came by to clear those ‘new’ plating away. We didn’t think anything of it. Turns out, our servers forgot the ‘bread’ course and there were no breads to serve as it was out of sequence by now. Alas, it was a good feeling that such an impressive restaurant… is still human.
My girlfriends and I really enjoyed our trip, our crazy splurges on food and would highly recommend anyone looking for food excitement to hit up Copenhagen!