Aug 20 2007
I went to Coi Restaurant last week for dinner. Coi is an amazing restaurant owned by chef Daniel Patterson. Chef Patterson used to own Babbette’s and Elisabeth Daniel, and cooked for a while at Frisson. The three meals I had at Elisabeth Daniel are probably some of the best that I have ever had. My meal at Treo (Grant Achatz’s restaurant before Alinea) was probably my most favorite, but it is followed closely by Elisabeth Daniel.
Chef Patterson likes to experiment and play with food combinations. For example, over the 11 course meal, we had Yuba ‘Papardelle’ with english peas and corn-brioche custard with huitlacoche. Paul Einbund, the sommelier, picked wonderful wines to match. My favorite was probably the Riesling that went with the corn-brioche. However, the sake with the Kampachi Sashimi was amazing as well.
This was the second time that I have been to Coi. For some reason, it felt like the menu was more adventurous when I was there last year. Maybe it was because the restaurant had only been open for a month and he was still experimenting more. Maybe it was just the night’s menu. Delicious food though, no doubt…even if they did not have the smoked yogurt like last time (yum!).
The best part of the meal is that our Meyer lemon tree paid for it. We have become a major supplier of Meyer lemons to Chez Pannisse. Chez Pannisse is just down the hill from my house and we have probably sold about 300 pounds of lemons over the past 1 ½ years. If you have a meal there and enjoy Meyer lemons in something, it is likely that they came from my tree.
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