Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hibiscus (No. 49 on World's Best Restaurant list)

2 down, 48 more to go on the S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants. Just by sheer coincidence I am going backwards. I tried number 50 last month and number 49 earlier today. I had Hibiscus's lunchtime six course tasting menu. It was really good.

pre course: Watermelon and pineapple soup. - It was slightly carbonated, but perfectly refreshing for starting the meal.

1st course: Blue cheese from Ireland in the center, sprinkled with almonds and tiny micro broccoli, surrounded by a thin frappe of broccoli soup. Delicious!

2nd course: Scallop encrusted on the top, dijon mustard based sauce with a sweet yellow jelly. - The flavors blended very well together. I usually don't like scallop dishes, except the buffalo scallops from shells, but this I actually enjoyed.

3rd course: John dory with some crunchy topping and a mushroom melody square with some other stuff in it. A white sauce was poured on top. - I guess john dory is a popular fish here, I don't really care for it much because it is kind of bland, but the chef did a good job at adding flavor to this dish. So far the food has been getting better and better. These portions are perfect for a six course tasting menu.

4th course: Not sure what I ate. The server had a strong french accent. I think it was cooked foie gras. It was really soft and had a liver flavor aftertaste. It was topped with colored salts, thinly sliced white strawberries, and a jelly textured sauce. It was good for what it was. I wasn't too fond of the main ingredient though. 

5th course: They brought out a really nice purple knife that even had a matching holder for this course. It was lamb stuffed with chopped up snails, barley in green sauce with some beets and cucumber decorated in it. This was just okay, nothing too special.

pre dessert course: Diced strawberries in jelly topped with szechuan pepper cream. This was very refreshing and tasted wonderful too.

6th course: Macadamia nut gelato, pear slice, and a seto mushroom and caramel tart. I know that last party sounds gross, but it has to be one of my favorite desserts. Instead of a mushroom taste, it gives off a nutty flavor that mixes really well with the caramel and tones down the sweetness. The crust of the tart was perfect and crumbled apart in my mouth. If you ever find your way to this restaurant, you MUST try this dessert. The macadamia nut flavored gelato was so good and the pear slice was perfectly ripe.

Amazing restaurant. I definitely recommend eating here.

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