David Santos does it again! Another flavor packed night! This time the dinner theme was based around one of my all time favorite ingredients, uni! I believe this is our 4th time to Dave’s abode and each time it gets better and better. ( The truffle dinner holds a special place in my heart, most likely due to the crazy crew that graced the table)
Uni, Truffle, and Grapefruit, Chicharon
Marinated Branzino, Uni Emulsion, Artichokes, Fried Shallots
This dish was killer! This ceviche-like creation was light and full of delightful textures and flavors.
Uni Chowanmushi, Crab, Tomato Marmalade, Arugula Pistou
As I mentioned before, the Chowanmushi was so incredible that I had to ask David for the recipe. Here it is… He says it’s simple but I still haven’t had a chance to give it a whirl.
“The base is 3 eggs to 2 cups of stock.
For this i used a stock made of milk, shrimp shells, branzino parts,
salt, garlic onion. Just steeped it all together and then let it sit
to cool a little bit with the flavoring ingredients. Strain it out and
measure you liquid. Beat the eggs well with a hand mixer and temper in
your stock. Then you just treat it like a creme brulle. Cook it at 350
in a water bath covered with for until its set. This size thing took
about 30 min but it will vary depending on the size of your mold.
Uni and Shrimp Risotto, Favas, Carrot Foam
Surf & Turf. Iowa Farms Pork Loin, Soba, Shiso, Uni Butter
This dinner was a blast! It was a perfect combination of food and people. Amazing wines were being shared as wonderful stories were being told. It was exactly what I think of when I envision a great dinner party.
The wines at this table were a bit outa control (in a good kinda way) Two of the gentlemen at the table are wine collectors and brought some wonderful bottles to pair with Dave’s dishes. What an education. I certainly hope we run into them again.
The Host with the Mostest
2AM: Dave says ushers the last of his guests out. It amazes me his energy level after such a long night.
Location is secret
Price: Med/High $75
Food: High level technique, Quality ingredients, Tasting Menu
Design: Homey, Torch Lighting
Vibe: Chill, Casual, Community style seating, social, Pandora (if you are a music snob take control of the airwaves and put on the good stuff…Dave doesnt mind)
Menu Inventiveness: 8/10
Healthy Options: On the heavier side
Occasion: Casual, Creative and efficient way to feel out a first date, it is also possible to book out the night with all your friends, private party style.
Noise Level: Depending on the crowd. Uni night: very loud