My husband got a promotion that he had worked very hard for, so as a celebration, we went to Charlie Trotter’s, which was something he had always wanted to do.
(For those who haven’t heard of it, CT’s is probably considered to be Chicago’s finest restaurant.)
Their menu is fixed…they have two choices, the “Grand menu” and a vegetable menu. We had the Grand, and the dishes were:
Caraquet Oyster with Celery Root & Heirloom Tomato Ice
Poached New Zealand Cockles with Celery, Serrano Ham & Roasted Mayan Scarlet Peppers
Maine Diver Scallop with Braised Kombu, Sea Beans, Junsai & Creamed Lemon
Roasted Muscovy Duck with Bitter Melon Confit & Szechwan Infused Duck Consomme
Colorado Lamb Shank with Curry Spices, Preserved Lamb Tongue & Braised Ginger
Sour Cream Sorbet with Sweet Beets & Candied Walnuts
Organic Buttermilk with White Pepper, Toasted Milk Ice Cream & Nutmeg
Chocolate, Tea, Caramel
The shellfish were all tasty, and the duck and the lamb were divine. I do think the duck was the tastiest thing I have ever had at a restaurant. Mr. Trotter’s schtick is french food with Asian fusion, and the light ginger and other Asian flavorings were wonderful.
The desserts were less appealing to me…I’m not much of a sweets person, and I liked the sour cream sorbet, but I wasn’t wild about the combinations in the other desserts.
We also had the wine accompaniment menu, which paired a wine with each course, which I really enjoyed.
The service was outstanding…pleasant but unobtrusive.
Overall, a lovely evening. I was glad to do it, but I have a feeling we won’t be back any time soon…the bill was easily 5 times what we normally spend on a dinner out. :eek: