Last Tuesday, I met up with Sanne for another blogger date. We decided to do lunch at The NoMad, Chef Daniel Humm’s Michelin one star restaurant. His other restaurant is the famed Eleven Madison Park, which will make your wallet weep quite a bit. The NoMad’s $29 two-course lunch is a good deal for some great food. Come here with a foodie friend!
Thank goodness we made a reservation! Every table was taken by the time 12:30pm rolled around. Our meal started with tasty, warm bread. No complaints about the service, though it seemed less attentive compared to other Michelin starred restaurants. The decor was elegant and sophisticated. Love how natural light fills the space. Don’t forget to look up…
For appetizers, I ordered the Gnocchi and Sanne ordered the Tete de Cochon. Alright, I’m going to say it… my appetizer looked prettier and more enticing. To be fair though, there’s only so much you can do to make terrine look pretty.
The gnocchi was artfully arranged, and the bright pops of green scream summertime. Fluffy gnocchi with a golden exterior, meredith feta, favas, and nepitella. Overall, it was a very rich dish, but the sauce and herbs offered a nice break from the heavy flavors.
Sanne’s appetizer was at the Tete de Cochon terrine with frisee salad, pickled veggies, pommery mustard, and miche bread. She later did a little food styling to get a nice photo.
The Asparagus entree sounded appealing, but I decided not to order that since I’ve been eating so much asparagus lately thanks to our weekly CSA. Instead, I ordered the Mushroom tarte, which I thought would resemble a quiche, but it was more like a pizza with a thin, crunchy crust.
Topped with hen of the woods mushrooms, fresh ricotta, quail eggs, salsa verde, and parsley. The mushrooms were yummy, especially with the ricotta. Salsa verde seemed slightly out of place, but I think it worked here. Unfortunately, even with a fork and knife, it was messy to eat since the crust was so thin and didn’t hold the toppings that well.
Sanne ordered the Chicken Burger, which Cutie Patroller had previously recommended. Comes with a heaping pile of fries that looked perfectly crispy. According to Sanne, this burger lives up to all the hype, and it was so rich and filling, she couldn’t eat too much of it.
Even though we were quite full, we decided to order The NoMad’s signature dessert. Chef Daniel Humm’s Milk & Honey is such a beautiful dessert. I’ve heard from many other foodies that this is the must order dish and totally understood why the moment it was placed in front of us!
Milk & Honey offers two familiar flavors in different forms. There’s the milk ice cream with honey drizzle, honey oat shortbread, dehydrated milk foam wafers, and the addictive honey brittle. Smooth, creamy, crunchy, sticky… quite an experience of different textures, while staying true to the familiar flavors of milk and honey. Anyone up for recreating this dessert at home?