If you're looking for the ultimate special restaurant experience, L'Espalier is it! We took our son here for his birthday. We ordered the 5-course tasting menu and our son also ordered the wine pairing. Every course was a work of art for the eyes and the taste buds. The whole experience left me feeling like I was in a fairy tale or movie.
Enter the unassuming front door and you are greeted by a hostess who summons the elevator for you. You are greeted by another hostess at the third floor. This starts the royal treatment. Each of us had our very own waiter and each course was delivered by the three and then our course was explained to us. Every course was also accompanied by the pleasant and friendly sommelier. We came to be wowed and we were. We had no dietary restraints and we love food. Our son is a chef and appreciates fine food and its preparation. Like others have said, the courses are small, but I was overly full when leaving. The bread and roll were served warm, as they should be. The bread was whole grain with pumpkin seeds. Two butters accompanied it. I'm a connoisseur of salads. This one with cherries in champagne and smoked ricotta to the side did not disappoint. We especially enjoyed the Point Judith Squid. (I wish I'd saved some of my bread to sop up the broth) The duck and farro course was another favorite with our group. This was my first time eating duck and I loved it. Although we usually pass on dessert at restaurants because we are too full, we continued to eat the delicious salted caramel souffle with tahini sauce. YUM!
Yes, this was the most we've ever spent on a meal or probably will again - - but it was worth it! Hint: the restaurant fills up as the sun goes down. If your schedule allows, reserve for 5:30 or 6pm for the best experience.
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