My wife and I stayed at the Montage, and decided to eat at Studio. We are locals and have been to Studio many times before, but must say this is one of our most memorable experiences.
We had reservations at 630, and were promptly seated. Our server, Joe, promptly greeted us and offered us cocktails and champagne. After receiving our glasses of champagne, he went over the menu with us. There was a tasting menu that night, including prawns, halibut, rabbit and desert, that could be paired with wine. However, he let me know that they had real Wagyu (Kobe) New York Strip from Japan that night. There was also a Dungeness Crab and Ricotta Cavatelli I wanted to try.
We really wanted a tasting menu with wine pairing but weren't that interested in the preset menu that they had. Part of the fun is trying new wines with food, and we discussed this with our waiter. He came up with a brilliant idea. He was going to come up with our special tasting menu with wine from what we wanted on the menu. We started with Golden Osetra caviar, then hamachi, followed by vanilla scallops, then the crab cavatelli, lastly our main courses, Wagyu New York Strip for me, and Lamb Loin for my wife. Each course was paired wonderfully with wine. I had finished my champagne a little early, while I still had caviar (the horror!), and one of our waitstaff promptly refreshed my champagne without even my asking.
But for a special treat, my steak was paired with a glass of 1998 Opus One. I asked our waiter why a bottle of Opus One was even open to allow for single glass pours, and he just said that it was my lucky day.
During the course of the meal, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset, and staff was all too happy to oblige in our picture taking.
We finished with desert and was surprised to receive a little chocolate mousse for our early anniversary dinner.
The meal was wonderful, and it made us feel special when Joe, our waiter, made up a wine pairing and tasting menu for us. Thank you to Studio and the Montage for making this a night to remember.
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