On a July night we went to Victor's. Having told the restaurant a few days before, we chose the Iron Chef Menu.
Our mystery ingredient was coriander.
We enjoyed every dish, although the coriander component was uneven. The 5-course menu consisted of: a refreshing and tasty gaspacho of coriander, grapes and pine nuts; scallops with cilantro chutney; thai chicken with coriander purée; asado-style (Argentinian) rib-eye with coriander chimni; and a strawberry shortcake with coriander-macerated strawberries.
In the end, the gaspacho came on top, thanks to its simplicity and truthfulness to coriander. At the end of the meal, we were pleased to congratulate "our" winning chef, who happened to be a student at one of the local culinary schools.
Thanks to the excitement of a meal where you can't really know what to expect, this was a most enjoyableand exciting evening. The service was charming throughout.
The Iron Chef Menu is $85. For wine pairing, add (like we did) $40. You won't regret it.
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