Seared Foie Gras with Asian Pear Coulis and Lentils. Vanilla Bean Gastrique
Really good. Hard to pick apart. The puy lentils were great, not overcooked and the foie had just enough crust .
Roasted Lobster with Daikon and Blood Oranges, Tamarind Ponzu
Perfectly cooked and a nice piece of tail. The tamarind sauce did not enhance the flavor in any way but it was relatively easy to avoid. We liked the daikon and oranges but they didn't really mesh with the lobster.
Chicken two Ways
with Potatoes and Swiss Chard
A Slice of breast with a nicely crisp skin and a torchon round of compressed meat. Very nice but I was extremely surprised to find out we were being served Rocky Chicken from Petaluma Poultry. This is a new dish and in the future the chicken is likely to come from Mary's Chickens. The potatoes were cylinders cored out of a potato and undercooked (so they would hold together) - a neat idea, but not that pleasant to eat. The swiss chard was nicely done.
Wagyu Strip Loin with Leeks and Japanese Squash, Oxtail-Umeshu Consomme
Type A5 from Japan (from somewhere near Kobe). Not the best we've had and not melt-in-your mouth but enjoyable. On the regular 5 course menu the Kobe costs $15 supplement and I would hope you would get a little more. Really liked the Squash.
Artisanal and Farmhouse cheeses presented tableside
Cyrus has been famous for its great cheese course. While the selections included both domestic, French and Spanish choices, tonight we were disappointed in its presentation. Our server presented the cart and stumbled over names and identification.
The cheese for five was plated on one large share plate, and while it was enough cheese it wasn't pleasant or easy to cut from the center plate or negotiate the cheese on the home plate. Especially because the plate in front of you had bread placed on it in a big pile (with no finesse or aplomb) . We had to ask for a spoon to divide up the running Époisses.
Three kinds of bread: flatbread cracker, walnut and baguette. Paneforte, candied nuts and fresh barhi dates on the cheese plate. We chose, Epoisses, Montenegro, Sally Jackson Chestnut Leaf wrapped Sheeps Milk, Bayley Hazen Blue, (and a sheep's milk mountain cheese which was one of the "unknown" cheeses).
Lime Sorbet with (something I don't recall) a thimble size on a small stick. One bite.
Meyer Lemon Bar and 'Cappuccino'
The Cappuccino had a warm gin foam which was applied tableside with a siphon dispenser. The bottom layer was a sorbet, on top was a creamy layer and then the foam. The creamy layer had a distinctive (and unpleasant bitterness) which was balanced out if you stirred it bottom to top. Fortunately we figured that out. The meyer lemon "bar" was three dots of lemon with a tiny crust round on top of each one. Tasty.
Apple Crisp, Mulled Cider and Creme Fraiche Gelato
The Apple crisp was served in a small square dish, there was a small cup of mulled cider and a quenelle of creme fraiche gelato on some crumble crumbs.
The problem lay in too much sugar. The apple sense was completely obliterated by sweetness. Even the mulled cider suffered. I have no idea why creme fraiche gelato was a pairing with the dish, it was tasteless and added nothing to a bite of too-sweet apple.
Warm Gianduja Doughnuts with Caramelized Banana and Avocado
The donut was good. On it's own with some jam or cream it would have been fantastic - instead it had the chocolate/hazelnut stuff in the center. We ate around it. If you were a crazy Nutella fan, this might have worked for you. I was incredibly suspicious that avocado and caramelized banana would be a disaster. Surprise! It was actually quite good, albeit it didn't go with the rest of the elements at all.
Bergamot Lavender Lollipop, Blood Orange Custard, Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur Chocolate, Fleur de Sel Caramel, Sable Shortbread with Fleur de Sel, Peanut Butter Sandwich cookie with milk chocolate creme, and a choice of pate de fruits: lychee or raspberry. The shortbread was wonderful.
At the end of the meal guests are presented with a small take-home treat in a signature box. Inside was a chocolate brownie. It was delicious.
A Link to our older review of Cyrus: