If you know me, you know how much I love Love LOVE food and wine. And the absolute highlight of the trip was dinner at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. It’s one of few restaurants where the quality of the food is not inversely proportionate to the quality of the views. We were incredibly lucky to get a reservation there – I called from the Airport on Friday before we left, and the caller before me had just canceled their Saturday reservation. Otherwise it’s generally weeks to get a weekend sitting.
We had the tasting menu and accompanying flight of wine – and let me tell you, there are only a few things in this world (which I won’t mention, since my Mom reads this, but you get the idea) better than the taste and mouth-feel of amazing food with perfectly paired wines.
I’m mostly posting this so I can go back and reminisce over the menu at some point, but for the curious (because I know there are at least a few food/wine nerds reading), here’s what we had:
Amuse Bouche: Tomato Gaspacho, Rabbit Confit on Crostini, Crab Cake
Champagne – estate and vintage long forgotten
Cold Foie Gras Torchon, Duck Prosciutto, Fig Compote
Trimbach Reserve, Pinot Gris 2003, Alsace France
Maine Lobster, Fennel Remoulade, Herb Salad
Schafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2005, Napa
Braised Filet of Halibut, Artichoke, Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2005, Loire Valley France
Roasted Rack of Lamb, Confit Eggplant, Tomato Tart, Tarragon Jus
Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2002, Alexander Valley
Crispy Michigan Farmstead Artisanal Camembert, Almond Apricot Petite Salad
Wedell Pinot Noir 2004, SantaRita Hills California
Eiffel Tower Dessert: Neil had the Apple Strudel, I had the Chocolate Sampler
Clos Uroulat Jurancon 2004, France
It was all just as good as it sounds – possibly better.