Friday, February 13, 2015

Secret Location

February 13, 2015

Coquilles Saint-Jacques et purée de céleri-rave (Seared scallop & celeriac puree) - 2+

J's comment > perfectly cooked scallop, tender all the way through, reminiscent of last year's triple seared scallops

Terrine de foie gras (Foie gras terrine) - 2+

J's comment > very soft and buttery, spreadable foie; raspberry gelee delish, but casing was a touch too thick and gummy though, leading to squished foie all over the plate upon trying to cut through; soft brioche, would have liked it to be a touch crisper

Loup de mer (European sea bass) - 2

J's comment > not bad; never tried this version of sea bass before; wrapped very tightly and not fatty/flaky as I usually like my fish, but very good nonetheless, the texture was firm and not dry at all; it needed more sauce but very pleased w the novel technique

Comsommé de lapin (Rabit consommé) - 2

J's comment > not bad; most tender rabbit I have ever had, flavorful w excellent balance of fat and lean meat; still, personally the rabbit flavor doesn't quite do it for me; loved the consomme, esp w the carrot rocks which definitely made this more than 'just' rabbit & soup

Asperges et caviar (Asaparagus & caviar) - 2

J's comment > not bad; very crisp asparagus; caviar a nice touch w the perfectly cooked quail egg but the egg muted a bit of the spotlight that the Northern Divine caviar should have had 

Bison et beurre de cèpes (Bison & porcini butter) - 2

J's comment > lean and tender, sous-vide unless I'm mistaken; a decent bison steak but nothing spectacular; porcini butter was actually a bit watery, not as rich as I like my butter to be (yes, inherent bias and major marks docked for this)

Canard à l'orange (Duck & orange) - 2

J's comment > very tender duck but a touch over cooked (check the coloring); good, but like the bison above, not outstanding

Amuse #2: Deep fried fish nugget - 2

J's comment > thin exterior crisp w fluffy & tender fish filling, but nothing unusual

Amuse #1: Deep fried kale leaf - 2

J's comment > deep fry batter actually a touch soft, but crispy enough

Salade de légumes (Vegetable salad) - 2

J's comment > loved the nuggets of deep fried artichokes, but other than that, 'just' veggies...

Royal au chocolat et noisettes (Hazelnut & chocolate royal) - 2+

J's comment > very soft sponge cake w a truffle-y texture mixed in w some crunch thrown in; essentially an extra gourmet Ferrero Rocher

Saint-Honoré à la framboise et noix de coco (Coconut & raspberry St. Honoré) - 2

J's comment > nods to the pink meringue rapsberry sticks, very soft yet retained its shape! loved the elephant ear wafers; didn't get much of the coconut; would have liked a touch more prominence of the choux, which is to me what the St. Honoré is all about

Palate cleanser: Pop rocks w frozen rapsberry bits - 2

J's comment > intriguing pop rocks that burst in your mouth highlighting the raspberries

Strawberry puree shot - 2

J's comment > not bad; very fresh and went beautifully w the chocolate dessert above; FYI you should mix this w a spoon before drinking for optimal flavor

French Blonde - 2

J's comment > not bad; lovely bubbly w hints of grapefruit


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Extra Comment

Overall, although this 10 course menu was a delight, it wasn't the best ever and the Spanish journey was much more impressive.

Secret Location is running a 'Dining Journey' from January 5th to March 21st, showcasing/featuring Spain, Italy, France, Asia, Persia, and South America cuisines (each cuisine taking center stage for two weeks). 10 courses for $95 per person, including paired drinks. FYI, the last two drinks on this post were not included in the $95. More info @

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