Lunch at Eleven Madison Park

I’ve just returned from New York City, where I enjoyed a wonderful 4-hour lunch at Eleven Madison Park. As a rule, I don’t do restaurant reviews on my site. And what could I possibly say about EMP, except that it lived up to – and exceeded – my very high expectations? The food was creative, delicious and beautifully presented. The hospitality was at a level unmatched anywhere else I’ve ever been. (Update: And congratulations to the Eleven Madison Park team for ranking number 10 in the San Pellegrino list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants!)

But after helping out with two Eleven Madison Park tribute dinners, and cooking a couple of EMP dishes at home, I don’t want to let this wonderful meal pass unremarked. I took pictures of many of the courses, though I missed a couple, namely the sturgeon sabayon, both the savoury and sweet black-and-white cookies, and the chocolate dessert. And of course, it seemed disrespectful to photograph the Jack Rose-inspired dish we were served in the kitchen itself! But below are the other dishes we enjoyed.

Hors d’oeuvres

Smoked apple tea

Quail egg on brioche with applewood-smoked  bacon

Yogurt lollipops with curry and lentils

Chickpea panisses with yogurt

Clambake with chorizo, apple and potato

Savoury dishes

Cauliflower tabbouleh with olives, orange and parsley

Foie gras with buckwheat, buttermilk, lemon and ramps (a close-up of this beautifully composed plate is shown at the top of this post)

Whey, fresh curds, caraway gnocchi and spring herbs

Lobster poached in Meyer lemon butter, with burnt leek and shellfish bisque

55-day dry-aged beef rib eye with wood sorrel and marble potatoes

Chuefladä cheese with potatoes, pickled mustard seeds and pearl onions

Sweet dishes

Egg cream

Cheesecake: goat cheese, Cara Cara orange sorbet, vanilla snow

Milk sorbet with buckwheat, honey and vanilla milk cream

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