Something a little different today; a kudos, if you will, for Chef Michael Voltaggio of the Michelin-Starred Langham Dining Room in Pasadena.
The Top Chef star executed a truly flawless meal. In the past two years, Irene & I have made a concerted effort to eat at the most-acclaimed restaurants in the Los Angeles area, including Providence, Water Grill, London, Joe’s in Venice, Craft, Katsu-Ya (Sherman Oaks) and Fig.
With Michael Cimarusti’s Providence being our first two-star (Michelin) restaurant and the most comprehensive meal we’ve enjoyed, Voltaggio did not disappoint – instead, serving seven luscious courses (not including the Amous Bouche, two breads and a post-dessert dessert). Below is the Chef’s tasting menu from the evening:
The Dining Room
Chef’s Tasting Menu
Japanese Shima Aji
Pickled Baby Peach, Sea Sponge, Bonito
2006 Hans Wirsching Riesling Spätlese Trocken, Iphöfer Kronsberg, Franken
Young Fennel, Lobster Mushroom Lasagna
2008 Terredora Dipaolo, Falanghina DOC, Campania
Aerated Brioche, Concord Grape, Sunchoke
2003 von Hövel Oberemmeler Hütte Spätlese, Saar
Butternut Squash, Madras Curry, Pumpkin Seed Granola
2008 Domaine Perrot-Minot, Chardonnay, Cuvée Martine, France
Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, Rye
2008 Santa Maria Valley, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County
Jameson Farm Lamb
Vadouvan, Pickled Tongue, Celery, Raisin, Peanut Butter
2007 Turley Juvenile, Zinfandel, California
Chocolate, Salty Hazelnut Praline, Milk Sorbet
González Byass Solera 1847, Oloroso Dulce Sherry, Jerez, Spain
Very enjoyable experience from service to environ to food, and we will definitely be following Voltaggio to his new digs once the Langham closes for renovations in 2010.