Winterland: great food, deadly drinks

I do wish their bar had the same attitude about quantity and quality as the kitchen. This was a good drink, but easily 3 times as big and strong as it should be. I want foodie-compatible cocktails.

I blame this drink for my failure to take a picture of our dessert (warm chocolate cake with olive oil ice cream with fleur de sel brittle; carmelized brioche with brown butter ice cream and meyer lemon reduction) or the petits four (quince gelee, light puffy little cookies (perhaps almond), toasted & seasoned pistachios).

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a treat from the kitchen

Goat cheese ice cream with beet mousse, garnished with red wine reduction and a secret dab of almond praline under the goat cheese. Truly delightful.

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Hands down the best bread I’ve had at a restaurant in the last year, possibly ever.

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Octopus Carpaccio

smoked paprika, mango, sea beans

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Kanpachi “New Style” Sashimi & Tartare

Mountain yam, seaweed salad, fresh wasabi

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Spotted Prawn

Spicy mango pickle, chilled tomato water, rice crisp

This was the winner for the crudo course, though they were all good.

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Asparagus & Morel Stir-Fry

Chive blossom, lemongrass & mushroom emulsion

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Poached Organic Egg

Asparagus broth, Hobbs’ smoked bacon ice cream, parmegiano reggiano

This was simply sublime. I’d vote it the dish I couldn’t resist ordering again.

[Sadly, never got the chance. The restaurant closed about a month later.]

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Seared La Belle Farms Foie Gras & Duck Terrine

Duck breast ham, kumquat purre, natural gelee

That’s also some duck prosciutto in the salad there.

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Bellwether Farms Suckling Lamb

Three marmalades, crushed fava beans, jasmine & meyer lemon sauce

Very nice. We really liked the three different lamb cuts in this one.

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Roasted Sweetbreads & Quail Egg Sunny Side Up

Fresh pinenuts, purslane, eucalyptus vinaigrette

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Crispy Berkshire Pork Belly

Edamame puree, hibiscus and golden current chutney

Insanely rich. Too rich for my blood, though it was very good.

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Tasmanian [something] Trout

(entree menu picture was a bit blurry)

Pickled ramps, [something], fiddleheads.

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