My wife and I took our daughter to Niche's new restaurant on Forsythe in Clayton for her graduation based on the rave reviews we have read in the past. We all ordered the tasting menu and I am pleased to report that all the rave reviews were correct. We had a tasty and fun experience. Not all the courses were 10s but most were. It was even more enjoyable that the courses had highs and lows. The first course featured an amuse bouche in a green cream sauce and a maple custard topped with wild mushrooms and bonita caviar. This was a perfect kick-off to an inspiring meal. The potato soup featured a pine flavored marshmallow garnish which melted in our mouths and was an excellent complement to the soup. The main entree was a beef dish that had a smoked tallow powder. Very surprising and unexpectedly flavor packed. The only two misses was an experimental intermezzo that was a parsnip, lime and rum sorbet served in a bowl of whole limes and parsnips. The sorbet itself was in a mini-plastic freeze pop wrapper buried in the bowl of fruits and roots. The presentation was confusing and the taste was not pleasant as a palate cleaner. Since it was experimental the waiter provided us with an orange ginger sorbet which was excellent. The pre-dessert was a very good panacotta but unfortunately was overpowered by a celery granita. Celery lovers would probably like this dish though. We also ordered the wine pairing which was a very good match for the dishes. The pace of the meal was very brisk. We hope to plan a return visit as soon as our wallets are refilled.
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