Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My 8-course tasting menu birthday dinner at The Lodge At Castle Hills

My family surprised me with dinner reservations at one of my favorite San Antonio restaurants:  The Lodge At Castle Hills.  The restaurant is in an old mansion that originally belonged to the Shlimp family, built in 1929.  The Shlimps were one of the old South Texas ranch families.  The house and grounds are fantastic!
I wanted to try the 8-course tasting menu.  Eight courses is a lot, but the servings are very small, just enough to get the essence of the dish.
Seared Diver Sea Scallop with Yukon Gold Mousseline, Toasted Brioche, Preserved Lemon and Red Hawaiian Sea Salt

(L-R)Summer Fennel and Turnip Bisque with Caramelized Onion Mascarpone and Charred Lemon Juice
Mixed Green Salad with Tart Apples, Candied Pecans, Cherve Goat Cheese and Champagne-Thyme Vinaigrette
(the grilled cheese sandwich on the right was made with chevre)

House Rolled Parsnip Agnolotti with House Made Guanciale, Dijon “Cream”, Brown Butter and Toasted Pumpernickel

an Roasted Atlantic Salmon with Artichoke Barigoule, White Asparagus, Local Organic Radish and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Grilled Texas Bobwhite Quail with Creamy Blue Cheese Farrotto, Butter Roasted Apple and Grilled Red Silk Pear Salsa

Cast Iron Seared Beef Tenderloin with Yukon Gold Potato, Turnips, “Salsa Verde” and Bone Marrow “Pudding”

Buttered Popcorn Sorbet with Candied Peanuts,
Valrhona Chocolate Ganache and Gold Leaf

1 comment:

  1. Oh my...what a delicious menu. What a great treat - so well deserved for all of the wonderful things that you do for everyone else!