I had read the reviews of this restaurant so I was looking forward to this night. Many people at the Bucuti had tried to get reservations. Apparantly they are booked thru March 2014.
I am now at a point where I have had great food in many restaurants. Now I look for experiences. Carte Blanch is an experience. We were staying at the Bucuti, so this was as hard as walking downstairs from our room. The restaurant is one room, with a curved table. It seats 16 people. Make your reservations far in advance. I made mine as soon as they wood let me- 6 months in advance.
You are welcomed with open arms by Glen and Dennis. Glen is one of those people with a very wry, slightly risque sense of humor. He immediately learns your name and personally seats you and introduces you to your dining neighbors. The meal is 3 appetizers, one main course and then desert. You can do a wime pairing or not. I did not as I do not like red wine. My husband did and he thoroughly enjoyed the wine served (unlimited refills for the pairing!!- well I guess you can only drink so much!).
You eat what they serve. There is no menu. Although I normally don't eat meat, I was alright eating it for a special occasion. I did learn they will accomodate this as long as they know ahead of time. It started with a pea soup. I hate peas with a passion. I decided to try the soup- I ate the whole thing- it was so light, that the pea taste was perfect. The appetizers included, ceviche , shrimp, quail and chilean sea bass.
The main curse was braised ribs (fell off the bone). Of course there were accompanying vegetables and such- all very light. and two different deserts- one was chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, the second was an apple tart/pie with raisins and I think pecans. Both were excellent. .
But the best part of the meal was the banter between Glen, Dennis and the guests. There are people dining from all over and you get to know the people as you are dining. Glen and Dennis feed off each other so the atmosphere is light and friendly. Before you know it, four hours were gone and it was time to say goodbye. We got hugs from both Glen and Dennis.
Now I just have to wait six months to make my next reservation.
All I can tell you- if you have the money- go- and have a great time!
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