Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Chef's Tasting Menu

One of my favorite things to do at a restaurant where we know the chef and trust that it will be a great meal, is to do a Chef's Tasting Menu. This is usually 3 - 5 courses (although Dante offers up to 21) that the chef crafts specifically for the tasting menu. They are typically dishes that you can't order on the regular menu, and it can be quite fun to give up control and let yourself be surprised as each course arrives.

Recently, Mr. H and I took advantage of the five-course tasting at Dante in Tremont, while enjoying a gorgeous evening on their secluded garden patio.
We splurged and added wine pairings (often available with Chef's Tastings). Each course, and the wines, delighted our senses and we rolled walked away quite impressed with the experience. Our favorite was the "salad" course with tempura asparagus and tempura jalapeno.
This dinner got me thinking...What other restaurants around Greater Cleveland offer a Chef's Tasting option on their menu? Here is what I came up with:

AMP 150
Crop Bistro (Chef's Table)
The Black Pig
Greenhouse Tavern (Chef's Table)

Do you know of any that I missed? I'm on the hunt for more. Leave them in the comments!

I encourage you to lower your inhibitions and take a risk ordering a chef's tasting. Diners can experience things that they may not normally order for themselves, in the trusted hands of one of our area's best.


raven said...

It's not listed on the menu, but Lola offers one as well. You let them know how many courses (they can go up to at least 15?) and they'll prepare accordingly.