|Happy Birthday Pop Pop!!!|
The following night on my official birthday, Carol and I dined at Lunello’s Ristorante in Cedar Grove, N.J. Chef/owner Lou Segal is a master in the kitchen and along with his eclectic regular menu he offers up a bevy of remarkable and seasonably fresh specials each evening. The service staff is knowledgeable, courteous and attentive, assuring that you will have a memorable dinning experience as opposed to just a meal.
Carol began her meal with a salad special of Watermelon and Lump Crabmeat. It was a beautiful combination of flavors and textures that were harmony on the palate. Yes I did sneak a taste.
I adore Foie Gras, especially seared fresh Foie Gras. A menu staple, the preparation of which varies, it is always perfection and hard for me to pass by. Last night the preparation was “Hudson Valley grade A foie gras pan roasted, top with smoke sea salt, with guanciale and onion strudel, fig marmalade”. It was a tour de force as the textures and flavors played beautifully off one another.
We both opted for two of the fish specials of the evening. Both were fantastic and redolent of the ocean from which they were living just a few hours prior to appearing on our plates. Chef Segal did them the justice they deserved.
|Carol's entrée - Grilled Bronzino|
|Grilled Tuna w/ Wasabi Dressing|
Carol enjoyed a glass of Prosecco with her meal while I savored a 1989 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses. In the glass it had a nice translucent red hue with no browning around the edges and drank like a classic older vintage Burgundy with intact but less than vibrant fruit. It was soft on the palate but the complexity is beginning to wane. While this is drinking well now, I wouldn’t push my luck with this for too many more years.
For dessert we shared a delicious Peach and Blueberry Cobbler in an Oatmeal Streusel Topping. Along with the dessert, Maitre'd Chris treated me to a glass of his homemade Pear Grappa. Served chilled, it had ripe fruit and was soft on the palate with a lovely lingering finish.
As I have said before, I am a lucky guy!