Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Proof Proves Itself...

Extremely tender venison with delicious demi-glace.
We went to Proof for New Year's Eve dinner and were very happily surprised by the great food and service, as well as atmosphere. Like many newly-opened restaurants, the decor is spare and modern with dark wood and hints of shimmer from glossy lacquered table-tops. Glass shelves full of wine surround the room-- it is a wine bar after all. This night there was a $150 tasting menu, but we went for a la carte firsts and seconds. Everything was well-coordinated, the service polite and professional without being stuffy or condescending. They were very good to pour us the four bottles of wine we brought, as well as a bottle of Champagne.
Seared fois gras with a beautiful reduction and spiced pear.
(They allow corkage at a very reasonable $25 a bottle--as long as none of the wine is on their list.) And if you don't want to bring your own wine, they offer many, many cult wines and even a Champagne trolley! This place is just smart (unlike BLT Steak, which is ghetto, but more on that in another posting). I'll keep this short by saying that Proof is excellent and it now makes sense why it has gained so much success so soon. Here are some of the delectable dishes we had:

Day boat scallops with puree of turnip.

Sable fish, silky and creamy atop whipped potatoes and a bit of baby bok choi.
Wagyu beef carpaccio with pea shoots, cabbage, and a delicious peppery asian dressing.

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