Mr. and Ms. S&C have been married seven years now. It has become a tradition to celebrate the occasion with a super fancy dinner – one of those dinners you can only afford once a year. After year one, we went to Marcels, and we’re still talking about the duck confit and chesnut soup we had. Last year, we visited the tasting room at Restaurant Eve, and it was a marathon of 12 courses. On Saturday night, we headed to CityZen, at the Mandarin Oriental, with high expectations.
We opted for the amazing six course tasting menu and the sommelier’s wine pairing. Before I get to the food and wine, let me say that they do everything right over at CityZen. They anticipate your every need, and no detail is too small.
The gentleman started the evening off with a Chivas and soda. He appreciated that the soda was served on the side, so you can add as much, or as little, as you want. The lady began with one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails, the Peachy Keen, made with a peach-ginger flavored vodka, iced tea, and peach puree. It tasted like peach iced tea and was a little too sweet for my liking. That’s okay, she knew she had six rounds ahead of her.
The complete tasting menu and sommelier’s pairing is below. The first course of tuna was paired with an excellent, light Reisling that wasn’t too sweet. The sweet Semillon, however, was a perfect match for the rich foie gras. The branzino may have been my favorite course, and it was paired with one of my favorite types of wine, Pinot Noir. An earthy Grenache/Mourvedre accompanied the succulent veal shortribs. A trio of micro-brewed beers was a surprise pairing for the plentiful cheese cart that was wheeled over. And lastly, Port was served with dessert, which was probably my least favorite course. While a fun idea, I just didn’t love the warm peanut butter and jelly concoction.
CityZen’s Tasting Menu and Pairing
CONFIT OF BLUEFIN TUNA AND TORO SASHIMI WITH HEIRLOOM POTATO SALAD AND PEPPER AOLI
2005 Schloss Gobelsburg, Urgestein
SAUTEED MOULARD DUCK FOIE GRAS WITH MISSION FIGS AND CELERY BRANCH
2005 Margan Family
Hunter Valley, Australia
BRAISED MARCHO FARMS VEAL SHORTRIBS WITH SAVOY CABBAGE, CHANTERELLE MUSHROOMS AND BEURRE COLBERT
2005 Domaine de Font Sane, Terrasses des Dentelles
ASSORTED ARTISANAL CHEESES
Trio of Micro Brews
Hofbrau Munche Hefe Weizen
Brooklyn Brown Ale
North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
PEANUT BUTTER AND VALRHONA CHOCOLATE CHIBOUST WITH TERRAPIN STATION CONCORD GRAPE SAUCE
1995 Smith Woodhouse Late Bottle Vintage
Touriga Nacional/Tinta Cao
Assorted artisanal cheeses paired with a trio of micro-brewed beers at CityZen
All in all, I can’t imagine a better dining experience, or a better way to spend my last seven years.
posted by Ms. S&C