Yesterday I had the great luck of going to lunch at Tyler Florence's Wayfare Tavern with Joanna, Visda, Bonni and Gina.
I would give you a peak at the inside of the restaurant but, unfortunately, most of my shots of the interior turned out blurry. I blame it on the excitement:-)
But, no fears, I managed to recover by the time the food arrived and I did manage some halfway decent shots of the food.
I ordered the oysters for an appetizer and these were the best oysters I have ever had.
I should add that I just started eating oysters only a few months ago but these are the first oysters I have tried that actually had the 'fresh from the ocean', 'clear and crisp' flavors that oyster lovers always seem to mention.
|Kusshi and Fanny Bay oysters.|
|Fresh Burrata with mission figs, eggplant caponata, marjoram and grilled sourdough.|
|Steak Tartare with with fresh organic chopped beef, French mustard dressing, egg yolk and garlic popovers.|
I was so wrong. I could not detect any 'raw beef' flavor all. The amazing flavor of the dressing stood out the most and the raw beef added a nice creamy texture to the dish.
Since we were sharing all the dishes, we ordered an array of entrees:
|Petaluma Chicken Paillard.|
|Lobster Cobb Salad.|
|Tomales Bay Mussels.|
|White Sea Bass.|
Going to a really great restaurant is about the only time I will bother to taste the desserts. We picked the following:
|Wayfare Tavern Chocolate Cream Pie with Scharffenberger chocolate pudding, salted caramel ganache and devil's food cake.|
|Gooey Brown Butter Cake with fresh figs, local honeycomb, lemon verbena ice cream.|
|Caramel Pear Tart with cream cheese melt, fried sage, coriander ice cream and nilla wafers.|
The tart had a wonderful balance of flavor and sweetness. Most of the time desserts are so sweet all I can taste is the sugar but this tart was an exception. The sweet graininess of the pears was paired perfectly with the savory spice of the coriander ice cream - Yum!
It was a memorable afternoon of great food and delightful conversations.
I hope everyone is having a great Friday!!