Friends!!!! I’ve been dining out a ton lately so expect lots and lots of food content coming your way. I just finished editing all my pics so there’s a ton planned for both my blog + social. For today’s post, I’m sharing snaps from my latest meal at Cranes. Priced at $95pp, this six-course omakase is an absolute delight.
I’ve been to this michelin-star establishment once before (for their bento box lunch), and that was solid, but I’m really glad I got to experience this tasting menu because this was lovely. The service was impeccable, the presentation was stunning, and the food was fantastic. It was the perfect evening with my favorite person. Before I get into highlights, I want to share pics of every course with you all! So, here goes…
Mushroom Soup: pickled mushroom / lotus root / manchego foam
Wahoo Brioche: celeriac puree / fermented apple / black garlic shoyu
Grilled Scallop: pear kombucha pear pico de gallo / citrus
Sous Vide Farm Egg: potato trixat / ponzu / ikura
Halibut: charred eggplant / pickled onions / buckwheat
Presa de Iberico: valencia orange zest / pepper sauce / sunchoke / gem lettuce
Cinnamon Apple: maple anglaise / olive oil / spiced apple sorbet
Chocolate de Cabra: milk chocolate cremeaux / caramel / goat milk ice cream / cocoa candied rice puffs
Mignardises: calamansi caramel / pear cinnamon pate de fruit / macadamia coconut truffle
My favorite courses were the wahoo brioche, sous vide farm egg and chocolate de cabra. The brioche was the PERFECT bite – there was just so much going on in terms of texture and flavor. Deke and I both agreed that it was one of the evening’s highlights, along with the egg. That was the epitome of comfort in a bowl – perfect for a crisp fall day!
As pictured, there were two desserts. I have a huge sweet tooth, and I absolutely love chocolate so I’m obviously going to prefer the mousse-like option, but the former’s definitely more interesting IMHO. I mentioned to Deke that it tasted like the holidays – it was a nostalgic flavor combination that kept getting better with each bite.
Anywho, that’s a wrap for today. I highly recommend checking Cranes out! Their omakase was a wonderful experience, and I’m really looking forward to returning in the future. And if you’re a cocktail head, they have some lovely beverages available.
If you like mezcal, try their campo de fresas, made with lime, agave, strawberry shrub and gochugaru. Prefer something a little less boozy? Get the Rose Garden! Made with cava, aperol, cranberry, cava foam and rosewater.
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