The most expensive meal that I have ever eaten, and probably ever will eat at, was at The Kitchen last February. Located in beautiful Sacramento, The Kitchen offers up a feast of local favors in new and exciting ways. Eating at The Kitchen is not just about having a meal out on the town, it is about having an experience in the art of fine theatrical dinning.
Dinning With Good Friends
The atmosphere at The Kitchen is one in which provides the comfort of having dinner with close friends and family. The welcome by the staff was very warm and inviting and made me feel like I was walking in to family member’s home for dinner. The chefs plays both roles of cook and host throughout the evening. It is a great show of friendship between the guest and the chef.
Seasonal Dinning with Local Favors
The Kitchen combines world-class ingredients with regional favors to produce dishes that are balanced but soaring with local taste. The Kitchen’s use of locally grown vegetables and fruits give their dishes that seasonal wintertime brilliance that people often associate with California.
The first course was a duck soup served with toast, a local farmed egg and lardo. Everything was fresh and cooked to perfection. This meal really prepared the palate for the courses that would follow. The second course was a burrito of pork, potato, and grilled quail. The grilled quail was the highlight of this dish. The third dish was kind of of a break in the evening where people could get up and walk around and see the restaurant. They gave us small plates with sushi and raw local vegetables during this so-called intermission. You could really taste the flavor of southern California in the fresh vegetables in this course.
The fourth course was by far the most flavorful dish of the night. It was a blended fish stew of local halibut, lobster, shrimp, and scallops. The stew consisted of local tomatoes that the restaurant cans itself for use in nonpeak seasons. There is no other word but amazing to describe the course. The Fifth course of the night was Wagye beef tenderloin and local mushrooms. The tenderloin was outstanding and so tender. It was paired perfectly with the local mushrooms that were fried in an olive oil butter sauce.
The dessert course was a chocolate toffee tart with raspberry sorbet served on top of candied walnut ice cream. The flavor notes of the locally grown candied walnuts shined throughout this dish. This was probably one if the finest dessert dishes I have ever had.
Price and Value
There is an old saying that you get what you pay for. This can defiantly be seen with The Kitchen. The price for the evening was around $210 plus tip. This is quite a lot of money for dinner, but it was differently worth every penny. The price for dinner is high, but the value is one that will stay with you a lifetime.