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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

TRUFFLES - Ladue,MO

    I was recently invited to a special "Tasting Dinner" at Truffles and a chance to meet the new Chef Brandon Benack.  Truffles and Chef Benack are committed to local, fresh ingredients while incorporating southern classics and paying attention to simple details.
    Chef Benack spent part of his career at Emeril Lagasse's restaurants in New Orleans and Miami.  His Caribbean influence came from time spent in the West Indies.
    Items to try include the Tasting Menu, Roasted Bone Marrow, fresh fish and seafood and especially their "in house 21 day dry aged steaks", which are simply grilled with fresh herbs, garlic and maitre' d hotel butter. Steaks available are New York Strip, Bone in Ribeye, and Porterhouse.
   My special evening was a 7- Course Tasting Menu each course paired with wine.  I love tasting menu's as I love to try as many items on the menu as possible.
The Bartender is amazing. You tell him what kinds of cocktails you like and he will come up with something comparable but amazing and unusual.
We told him we love Manhattans and he came back with our first cocktail.  Brandy Manhattan with Organic Hibiscus liquor.
Brandy Manhattan
Fresh baked bread and butter
Wine for first Course:
2008 Albarino Burgans-Spain
Broiled Plaquemines Parish Oyster with Smoked Bacon and Manchego
Wine for Second Course:  2010 Seyval Blanc Augusta,MO
Chef B's Seafood Gumbo

Wine For Third Course: 2010 Soave I Prandi, Carcato
Wedge Salad: fresh jumbo lump crab,  chopped egg, bacon, red onion, cherry tomato, cayenne buttermilk dressing
Wine for Fourth Course:  2009 Grenache Blanc, Santa Barbara, CA
Dover Sole: sunchoke puree, heirloom tomato "vierge" beurre blanc
Wine for Fifth Course:  2006 Muscat de Frontignane Antigua , CA


Citrus Scented Foie Gras: candied local pound cake "pan perdue", savory caramel, apple butter, candied orange zest
Wine for Sixth Course: 2009 Pezat Chateau Teyssier-Bordeaux
21 Days In House Dry Aged Ribeye: housemade mac and cheese, local white asparagus, B-2 steak sauce
Bananas Foster
Bananas Foster Preparation
Bananas Foster
Two things are changing at Truffles.  First, they are an in-house dry aging program and second, they are opening for lunch business. 

Truffles
9202 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63124

314-567-9100















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1 comment:

  1. Loved this place.....great food and great service! You will love it as well.....

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