Truly, we begin a dish by first eating with our eyes. I think this photo of Kobe beef illustrates how food can be beautiful and sensual without complication. In my opinion, food can be serious, or it can be silly. The right combination of flavors can make your eyes roll to the back of your head and your tastebuds tango. I experienced such an event at Prime in Huntingon, NY. Just four girls celebrating birthdays and friendship enjoying a 6 course dinner – heavy on the meat – with wine pairings at the chefs table. It was beyond decadent. We had to roll off our chairs and walk around the firepit outside a few times to take a break between courses!
Our stomachs endured course after course of mouth-watering delicacies, Filet Mignon carpaccio accented with lightly dressed micro greens, slowly braised short rib atop horseradish cheddar grits, followed by pan seared halibut with a light tomato relish, and then just a taste of a single butternut squash ravioli, glistening with sage butter- were we done? No! Chef brought out the pièce de résistance – a slab of Kobe beef. Chef explained that this gorgeously marbled piece of meat was A5 Kobe, from Japan, the most tender piece of meat that will melt in your mouth. Shortly after whisking the Kobe back into the kitchen, out came the final savory course. The A5 Kobe was simply, and elegantly served with Maiitakke mushrooms and roasted fingerling potatoes then drizzled with balsamic reduction. Finally, we waved our white flag (napkin) and the kitchen took mercy on us, and served 3 different fruit sorbets that were delightfully refreshing.
Be prepared, you will attract A LOT of attention at this table. You are smack dab in the middle of their gorgeous open kitchen that faces their sexy bar. Each experience is different, based on your menu preferences. And if you decide to embark on this experience, please be sure to tell me all about it!