Before leaving for the city, we had a late breakfast at The Corner in Montclair. This is a tiny breakfast and lunch spot that we have wanted to try since it opened a couple of years ago. Weekend attempts were met with long waiting times, so we deferred until now. Service was very attentive and the food was great.
Carol ordered an Omelet, which she filled with spinach, ham and goat cheese, while I had a Breakfast Sandwich of house cured bacon and an over easy egg on a house made buttermilk biscuit. I love fresh biscuits and this was fantastic. We also shared a monster sized order of matchstick fries which were quite good. We will be back.
Off to the show. No traffic today, so we cruised in to the City. The show was great...every bit as good as the movie. I highly recommend it.
We had not been to Le Bernardin Restaurant in at least 15 years and felt it was time to change that. Le Bernardin has held 3 Michelin stars since 2005 when Michelin began rating US restaurants. Getting a reservation was a challenge, but thanks to a couple of contacts we were able to secure a table.
With an hour to spare before our reservation we settled into the Aldo Sohm Wine Bar directly across the square from the restaurant to pass the time with a glass or two of wine. Aldo is the head sommelier at Le Bernardin restaurant.
Carol chose a glass of 2015 Cleto Chiarli Vecchia Modena Lambrusco di Sorbara. It displayed a deep rosé hue, with a berry nose. The palate was fresh and crisp.
For me I began with a glass of 2015 Domaine Aux Moines Becreau Des Fées Chenin Blanc. Chenin Blanc is a favorite of mine and I found this young vine wine to have terrific purity and was excellent balance.
2013 Sohm & Kracher Alte Reben Grüner Veltliner. Owner Aldo Sohm makes this wine with Gehard Kracher, son of the late Alois Kracher. This was a beautifully balanced wine with nice acidity and texture.
Time for dinner, so we headed across the square to the restaurant. The food, service and overall experience at the restaurant were worthy of the 3 stars and fantastic reputation it has earned. We were greeted (as are all diners) with a complimentary glass of Champagne. I didn’t pay close attention to the label, but it was very good. A brut for sure, it had a yeasty bouquet and palate and excellent balance.
Le Bernardin is primarily a seafood restaurant, serving pristinely fresh fish prepared simply and always perfectly cooked. For land lubbers there are a limited number of meat selections. The four course prixe-fixed menu offers an exciting selection dishes. Our meal began with a complimentary amuse-bouche of Salmon Sashimi, Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio and Lobster Bisque. Each bite was spectacular and set the stage for the meal to follow
Carol began with Warm Artichoke Panaché; Vegetable Risotto, Black Truffle Vinaigrette. Delicate and delicious is the way I described the forkful I tried.
Carol's second plate was Lacquered Lobster Tail; Herb Spring Roll, Lemongrass Consommé. Like the fluke, the consommé bath elevated the dish to new heights.