S&S, as we refer to them, were making a short stop here to celebrate Steve's birthday with us after spending a week in St Louis to drop off our nephew Jack at Wash U for his freshman year! (OK not to sound ancient but we remember hauling him in a tiny little carrier to the IPNC when he was four months old!- where did that time go??? LOL)
So we hadn't been to EL Ideas for a while, and reserved for dinner there- they have a 5:30 seating and since we just got back from Stockholm roughly 22 hours earlier we thought that would be a better choice than the 9:00 one...
Here is my executive summary- Phil Foss is totally and completely on his game right now- this was the best meal we have ever had at EL Ideas... with amazing flavors and creative presentations - a nearly flawless meal... and I will start with a photo of what was one of the most beautiful courses and then go fully into the meal -
salmon roe, cucumber and pomegranate -
anchovy with lemon and cauliflower-
the prawns- with a fabulous jalapeno sauce
three kinds of gazpacho popsicle
Tuna- two ways with sea beans
"french fries in vanilla milk shake" - kind of a signature dish-
outstanding foie gras course-
a beautiful dish of peach purslane and pork- with a tasty buttermilk biscuit! one of my favorite presentations- such a beautiful plate-
this arrived for the scent alone and boy did it smell terrific! cherry branches which the blossoms had been used in the next course of duck-
the duck course with various cherry flavorings-
the first dessert was based on fluffer-nutter sandwiches with bananas and had wonderful texture-
the final dessert was the only weaker link- the biscuit part was dry and other than the top disc somewhat lacking in flavor - I think because it was white chocolate based with subtle fruit (lychee is not a strong flavor) it needed something to give it a bit more oooomph...
A flawless meal despite the final course not being to my liking so much- and a number of courses that we would love to have seconds on!
For the wines we had a Kistler 2005 McCrae
And an Archery Summit Estate pinot from 2004- which was magnificent!
So thanks Jack for choosing college close enough to us that we got to see S&S and an excuse to revisit EL Ideas!