Manresa – Los Gatos

Chef David Kinch is just getting better and better. His tasting menus have an internal harmony; it is not just a collection of dishes randomly put together. I see a David Kinch meal as a symphony with each course enhancing each other. Many chefs talk about seasonality and a farmer’s market menu, but with Chef Kinch it is really true and not just hype. The relationship between Cynthia Sandberg and Chef Kinch has become stronger; it is a close collaborative relationship with Chef  Kinch and Cynthia in the most compatible marriage of ingredient to the table. A vegetable becomes more than just a vegetable, an herb is more than just an herb, and an egg yolk is a gorgeous yellow. Manresa is so much more than dining – it is love affair between the earth, the soil and the sun. There is a reverence for the product, be it animal or vegetable.

 

M- BYO champagne

BYO Champagne

 

M- madeleines

Petit Fours “red pepper-black olive” This is a visual pun – the madeleine style amuse is actually black olive and the red “gum drop” red pepper

 

M- lemonade

Spearmint Granita, Lavender Lemonade – light refreshing and perfect for a summer evening

 

m - cromesquis

Sweet corn cromesquis – insert cromesquis in your mouth and in one bite the liquid summer corn explodes in your mouth.

 

M - foie gras

Sorrel Foie Gras Royale with a Tempura Fried Exotic Spice Blossom

 

m - foie gras 1

Close-up of the Sorrel/Foie Gras Royale – it is essential that you dip your spoon to the bottom and get a taste of foie and sorrel in each bite.

 

M - arpege egg

Arpege Egg – perfect as always

 

pim's butter

Pim’s hand churned butter

 

M- BYO white wine

BYO White Wine

 

M- sea bream

Seabream with Shellfish (octopus, giant clam, crab) in a green tomato broth with Joe Schirmer’s Strawberries from Dirty Girl Farm.  This was sensational – each fish was served flawlessly and the addition of the tomato broth plus the strawberries was an ode to summer.

 

M- BYO red

BYO White Wine

 

M- veloute pumpkin

M- veloute 1

Nasturtium Ice Cream, Pumpkin Confit and then Chestnut Pumpkin Veloute is poured on – this had the most incredible mouth feel – just luscious.

 

M- young potatoes

Young Potatoes, Unopened Squash Blossom, Romano Beans, Fiorelli, Bonito Butter – Again an ingenious pairing – the potatoes were wondrous, but the pairing with the bonito butter off the charts superb.

 

M- potatoes 1

Close-up of the young potato dish

 

M- into the garden

“Into the Garden” – Carrots, Arugula, Mizuna, Sorrel, Pumpkin, Zucchini, Watermelon Radish, Beets, Potato, Cucumber – a Miro painting of the freshest vegetables

 

M= salmon

Pacific Salmon, Chervil Cream, Onion Consomme with Bone Marrow

 

M- salmon 1

Consomme added – this dish gave new meaning to a marriage of fish with meat i.e. the bone marrow.

 

M- BYO RED wine

BYO Red Wine

 

M- chicken

Chicken, Porcini Mushrooms, Garden lettuces, Fingerling Potatoes – My meat and potatoes guy husband was in love with the potatoes.

 

M- lsamb

Rack of Napa Valley Lamb, Quinoa with Arugula, Lamb Tongue Confit – the lamb was flawless, but the lamb tongue absolutely sublime.

 

Cheese Service

M- cheesw-

M- cheese 1

M- cheese 2

I think I got this right – Queijo da Serra”, sheep cheese, made in the Serra da Estrela region, where the highest peak of Portugal is located.

 

M - chees 3

Bernard Antony’s comte – 2004

 

M- cheese 4

Comte – half eaten

 

M- fig carpacccio

Fig Carpaccio, Summer fruits, Santa Rosa Plum, Green Gage Plum, Peach, Dirty Girl’s Farms Strawberries,  Gold Dust

 

M- sauterenes

BYO Dessert Wine

 

M- New Orleans

The flavors of New Orleans (taken from the website – my note-taking was deteriorating rapidly) – Coffee, Chicory, Pecan Praline, Banana

 

M- Beignets

Beignets

 

M- cupcake

Dark Chocolate Cupcake

 

M- Dana

Our incredible server, Dana.

 This was an exceptional meal- not one misstep. It is not easy to orchestrate a great tasting menu. It is not just a collection of dishes. My initial paragraph likened it to a symphony and what a symphony this was.

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4 Responses to “Manresa – Los Gatos”


  1. 1 Food Snob July 20, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Snap!!

    Been looking forward to seeing this post…meal looks great. Thanks for the photos!

  2. 2 lizziee July 20, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    The photos don’t do the meal justice – it was superb.

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