May 12, 2010

Grand Feast

Black Sesame Panna Cotta, Shiso, Cherry, Mandarin, Soy from Le Bernardin

Tofu Boats from EN Japanese BrasserieGorgeous Shrimp from Tanuki Tavern

Kampachi Sashimi with Yuzu Koshu from Matsuri

Beef Sirloin Tart with Curry from Chinatown Brasserie

Raw Barron Point oysters from PublicLightly Fried Barron Point Oysters - Magnefico!

Singapore Palm Sugar and Coconut Lemongrass Soup, Mango-Thai Basil Gelee and Poached Pineapple from Daniel

Masaharu Morimoto Overseeing the Work Himself!

The LUCKYRICE Grand Feast was the crème de la crème of the entire festival. Top restaurants including Daniel, Le Bernardin, Jean-Georges Restaurants, Morimoto and over a dozen distinguished beverage partners came together to produce the ultimate showcase of Asian flavors. I was also excited to see some big name chefs out as well, including: Daniel Boulud, Brad Farmerie, Masaharu Morimoto, Pichet Ong, and Jonathan Wright (all the way from The Setai in South Beach, Miami). I loved almost everything that I tasted, and often went back for seconds... ok, thirds. Before I dive into my favorites, I would like to thank LUCKYRICE again for the complimentary entry.

I have about a dozen raves in mind, but if I had to limit my top picks to just five, here are the nominees for best-in-show:
The Torchon of Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Duck Prosciutto Kabayaki Glaze from Lola, the Kampachi Sashimi from Matsuri, and the Shrimp Sunomono from Tanuki Tavern were also delightful.

Of all of the booths, can you guess which one I frequented the most? It was actually the Sake Tasting table hosted by New York Mutual Trading and Sake Discoveries. The junmai daiginjos, such as Dassai 23, were out of this world. Perfectly smooth, balanced, sophisticated, yet easy to drink. The sakes were very good picks for sake novices and veterans alike. The sake booth was probably where I spent most of the time during ALL of the LUCKYRICE events.

To leave you with a final impression of what the Grand Feast was all about, here's a fantastic video edit from LUCKYRICE.

Click for more pics! (You don't want to miss this set)


Kung Food Panda said...

Wonderful looking shots and looked like you had a blast! I wish we have something similar to this in Los Angeles! Plus you got to meet Daniel Boulud and Iron Chef Morimoto too! :)

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