Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lily Mae's

September 18, 2014

Venison Tartar w quail egg, micro greens, potato chips and green olive dust - 2+

J's comment > very well done; not a single tendon in the tartar despite being made of completely wild game (AKA lean meat); gaminess completely absent except for the faintest trace in the after-finish - you have to be focusing really hard to get this, I was because I couldn't believe it wasn't gamey; well balanced herbs made this tartar even fresher - FYI, icky cilantro that I dislike made an appearance too but the balance was so good that I was OK with it

quail egg poached perfectly, added just a smidgen more of creaminess but I would have liked even more (maybe 2 quail eggs instead?); chips were incredibly thin, yet still held up the ginormous heaping I put on top, and despite the uneven amt of tartar to chip, the chip still shone as a good side kick; unfortunately didn't get any of the olive flavor in the olive dust; seriously, no beef tartar I've ever had comes close

Wild Boar Belly w roasted parsnip and kale, apple cinnamon gastrique, parsnip puree and game jus - 2+

J's comment > very well marbled boar belly, balance of meat and fat much better than the rudimentary pork belly; skin well crisped; very flavorful, esp w the bubble of game jus (fun to poke and watch the jus spread too!), puree and gastrique sauces; excellent meld of flavors; between wild boar belly and pork belly, I will always pick the former if given the option

Daily feature: Quail w bacon spatzle - 2

J's comment > not bad; skillz in the deboning! not a single bone other than in the drumsticks and wings; slightly firm meat, would have loved the skin slightly crisped; spatzle OK, pieces tad too small, would have been better in longer form; bacon flavor surprisingly muted; would have also liked a bit more jus

Game Pot au Feu: Spiced consomme w braised elk, venison, wild boar, savoy cabbage, root vegetable, jardiniere - 2

J's comment > not bad; the piece on top (boar) was just scrumptious - if not mistaken, this was from the belly as well, but there was a slightly higher fat content to meat in this piece, w an even crisper / crunchy skin; venison and elk very tender, not dry at all; yams pleasantly different from the usual 'mushy' versions, firm, slightly cooked, not soft

Brioche w house preserves: House made brioche w BC berries, spicy, savoury & sweet jams, and maple brown butter - 2

J's comment > not bad; crisp brioche, not rich, slightly dry though, definitely needs the preserves which were tasty - brioche texture was like cornbread except crisper and w no corn flavor; loved the maple brown butter shaped into sea shells, but were hard :( needs to be soft for spreading

Duo of donuts: Chocolate & Maple bacon w raspberry sorbet - 2

J's comment > donut textures firm, more like a firm cake; flavors OK but Cartem's Earl Grey still much better in the battle of gourmet donuts

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