If you are looking for a restaurant where you are in and out in an hour, this is NOT a place for you. At this restaurant, Chef Nugent and his wife Nina, wants the diners to have an experience where you can just relax, enjoy your wine (BYOB), taste creative cuisine, and enjoy your time with the people you are with.
This place requires that you plan ahead since it takes a couple months to get a reservation. My husband and I make reservations here for most of our special occasions way ahead of time. Before we leave, we make reservation for our next dinner.
This time, we went on my birthday. Nina and her staff went out of their way to make it a special day for me. All of them acknowledge my birthday, and in the end Nina even gave me a signed menu from her and her husband. I love the menu (see picture) since it is printed on planting seed paper (which I plant every year - pretty wildflowers).
The menu is 9 wonderful courses, so you will need to pace yourself with the alcohol. The most recent reservation, we only brought 1 bottle of champagne and thought that we may run out of drinks before all our food came out. I sent my poor husband out to get more wine (which was 2 blocks away but NOT very good selection). For the future, I would advise to bring at least 2 bottles for a couple. Last time we brought 4 half bottles to pair with the different courses. That seemed to work well last time, except we both felt a little tipsy by the time we were done. But one bottle is just not enough to enjoy with all the different courses. Remember its all about enjoying the experience by talking, drinking, and eating throughout the night.
Since my writing is not as creative as the courses that the chef created, I have attached pictures of each of the courses. All the courses were excellent, but I have indicated my favorites:
Course 1 - Scallops (which my husband thought was best in the city)
Course 2 - Eggs cooked in the shell (Just the best.., One of my favorites of the night).
Course 3 - Sunchoke Soup ( It looked so good that I didn't wait until it cooled down and burnt my tongue a bit. I would come back again and again just for the soup).
Course 4 - Salmon that was perfectly cooked.
Course 5 - Rabbit ( that was served in a glass, with some type of risotto (creamy texture)).
Course 6 - Angus Beef (Melted in your mouth)
Course 7 - Cheese Course like I have never had in any other place. It was 2 different things on the plate. One was a small cheese stuffed mini beignet. The other was a red liquid cheese shot. Interesting, creative, tasty. But my least favorite of the night but still very very good.
Course 8 - Guava Mouse dessert. Tasty Tasty Foam. Yum!!
Course 9 - Chocolate filled with banana cream.
If you love food and want a wonderful experience with company you enjoy, indulge one night and make a reservation at Goosefoot. Don't get discouraged when you can NOT make a reservation right away (you need to plan at least 2 months prior to get one). It is worth the wait. Nina, the chef, and the staff will make it a great experience for you.
Thanks to Nina, Chef, and the staff. I had a great birthday!!
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