30th Birthday at Le Bernardin

January 23, 2016 1 Comments

Le Bernardin

There are seafood restaurants and then there is Le Bernardin. Everything I’ve read and heard about this place absolutely lived up to the hype. The only issue I found was selecting the menu at the beginning of the meal. Everything sounded great on both tasting menus as well as the Prixe-Fixe menu so we just opted for the larger Chef’s Tasting menu.LBMenu.jpg

The Savory Courses



Amuse-Bouche – Tuna with Puffed Rice, Fluke with Ponzu and Mushroom Soup with a Pepper Tuile


Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio; Iberico Ham “Chutney,” Sea Beans Lemon-Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Warm King Fish “Sashimi;” Osetra Caviar Light Marinière Broth


Pan Roasted Langoustine; Truffled Foie Gras Aged Sherry-Verjus Vinaigrette


Lacquered Lobster Tail; Herb Spring Roll, Lemongrass Consommé


Poached Halibut; Manila Clams, Wild Mushroom Casserole


Crispy Black Bass and Braised Veal Cheek, Parsnip Emulsion, Ginger-Five Spice Reduction

Sweet Courses


Green Tea Custard, Preserved Lychee Jasmine Ice Cream


Ginger-Scented Apple “Bomb,” Warm Ricotta Financier

The quality of the ingredients, skillful preparation and simplicity made each of the plates of food magnifique. Nothing compares to perfectly cooked fish. It is mind blowing how great fish can taste and the amazing texture it can have. When presented with a minimalist each plate seemed to be the right temperature, seasoning, sauce and element to accentuate the flavor of the fish. 

My next reservation is already made at Le Bernardin, as I am excited to conquer more of the superb extensive menu.




The first stop of the trip was a lunch in the elegant main dinning room at Jean-Georges. Everything from the wait staff, Amuse-Bouche to Petit fours and marshmallows was superb.

Amazing lunch from a New York City culinary institution and Jean George roaming the dinning room during service was a wonderful surprise. The mix of Japanese and French makes for extremely interesting combinations and tastes. I will be going back for dinner in the near future to sample a tasting menu.