(The menu below was altered from the published menu to reflect what was available at the time of dining. I forgot to take a photo of the actual menu, so I bet this isn’t 100% accurate since I’m doing it from memory.)
NEW YEAR’S EVE 2015
fennel, orange, olive, fried quinoa
Duck Confit and Sausage
sweet potato, lentils, pistachio
Grilled Mushroom Salad
potato, marjoram, egg yolk caramel
Seared Foie Gras Skillet ($12 supplement)
black pepper gougeres, gooseberries, whipped honey
Cauliflower and Black Truffle Soup
thyme oil, parmesan, salsify
aged goat cheese, hazelnut, rye cracker
Baby Greens and Chicories
avocado, pinenut, grapefruit
Lobster Bisque ($10 supplement)
crab cake, coconut, basil
Potato and Herb Gnocchi
brown butter, chestnut, parmesan
parsnip, brussels, pomegranate
Roasted Duck Breast
fennel, spiced carrots, dried fruit jus
40-day Dry Aged Bone-in Sirloin Steak ($15 supplement)
potato mille fuielle, black trumpets, bordelaise
port, cornmeal, fig
Chocolate Mousse Trifle
hazelnut, brown butter cream, praline
The crudo. The person who ate this liked the fried quinoa best.
The grilled mushroom salad. I liked it a lot. There was a tartness in the dressing which was balanced out by the potato puree. I’ve never had fresh marjoram before. It was a nice floral note, but easily overwhelming if you ate too much in one bite.
Not pictured, although I got to sneak a taste of, was the duck and sausage. It was a pretty substantial dish for a first course. I heard a couple of comments that the duck was a bit salty, but the sausage and lentils were really delicious. I was almost sorry I didn’t order it for myself.
The mixed green salad. The pine nuts must have been pulverized into the dressing. I could definitely taste it, but I didn’t see any whole nuts. The avocado puree was hiding under everything. I’m not a huge grapefruit fan, but the avocado and pine nuts made it better.
I never cook scallops at home so I couldn’t resist ordering it as my third course. I liked the flavor combination.
I think ordering two salad courses and then having seafood was a good idea. The portions at Puritan + Co. were decently sized so I felt well fed, but not disgustingly full. A few people at my table were definitely full halfway through the third course.
One person at my table opted to pay extra for the steak dish. And he was immensely happy with it. His wife teased him mercilessly for the trance-like happiness on his face.
Gnocchi… which I feel is fairly self-explanatory.
Chocolate mousse trifle, and it was really delicious. I almost got the Indian pudding and then had a change of heart when the waitress was taking our order. The Indian pudding was good too, but I have no regrets because chocolate will probably always be my one true love.
(No one at our table ordered the beeramisu.)
A few of the cocktails were consumed and given a thumbs up. I don’t remember what everyone had, but I think the czech & balance was the favorite of the night. (It was quite boozy, not really my thing.)