Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fine Hotel Dining at Vitrine

Vitrine did Dine About Town really, really well. No cutting corners, no skimping. Just super awesome food beautifully presented. I hadn't actually heard of this downtown resto found in the St. Regis Hotel, but work pal VB gave it such high marks that I made lunch rezzies for a group of us on that day.

Vitrine's amuse bouche comprised a medley of tart olives and house-cured charcuterie.

The Maine lobster bisque flavored with lemongrass and topped with a celeriac foam tasted like liquid lobster; it was so fresh and delicious.

I got the peppery arugula salad piled on top of 2 yummy disks of organic rabbit porchetta, accompanied by generous shavings of Parmesan cheese and a really lovely dollop of satsuma mandarin marmalade.

And I ate every bit of the uber-moist, roasted Chilean sea bass, which came with sweet pearl onions and leeks bathed in a sherry vinegar and “vitello tonato” jus.

VB ever-so-graciously gave me a taste of her perfectly done walnut-crusted squab breast, savory cabbage compote and crispy potato galette.

Loved the apple tart with lavender honey ice cream and salted caramel sauce.

And the tiramisu was also mighty fine.

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