Best of The Fine Dining Life…
Fine dining, just as the name suggests, offers the very best in food, service, and atmosphere. It is the highest priced type of restaurant in operation.
It often brings to mind images of crisp white tablecloths, fine china, glassware, flatware and waiters in tuxedos… to exotic menu selections of saffron, Almas caviar, oysters, white truffles of Alba, Iberico ham, Wagyu beef, Kopi Luwak coffee, Foie gras, Densuke watermelon, Knipschildt chocolate… all of which are some of the most expensive food choices in the world.
Today’s fine dining experience is somewhat unlike the fancy linen-draped dining rooms and exotic food options that were popular in the past.
The emphasis now is on fresh, local food prepared in unique ways and served in an atmosphere that is unlike any other restaurant.
Although the concept continues to evolve, fine dining will always be an option for restaurant-goers. As with fine art, the experience is subjective but always of high quality with the main areas of focus being:
- A top highly regarded chef, sometimes a Michelin star chef
- A prix fixe or set menu that contains rare, hard to find choices and which changes often
- Top-Shelf wine and spirit list
- Exceptional service
- A welcoming, comfortable, friendly, warm and pleasurable atmosphere
- An overall experience the guests will not easily forget
- Reservations required
As always the star of the evening is the gourmet food…
Many chefs and connoisseurs view gourmet food as a form of art – edible luxury.
It is about creating something original that is not seen at the dinner menu of every other restaurant in town. It is about cooking with passion and madness, and putting your heart into the food with impeccable technique.
Gourmet food is usually presented with a bit of artistic flair, so it is appealing to the eye. Gourmet food is associated mostly with sensory pleasures other than sustenance alone. Many industry professionals spend a tremendous amount of time and resources, devoting themselves to cultivating refined tastes.
Ingredients may be unusual, hard to find, only be available in limited amounts, rarely exported outside of their place of origin, or available only for short times of the year.
Some, such as truffles, must be wild harvested and can’t be cultivated. These foods often are unique in flavor or texture.
Gourmet ingredients may blend herbs and spices in an interesting manner or add flavor to foods that are usually not flavored. For example, lemon olive oil spray, black truffle balsamic glaze, and Calvi white wine vinegar are unique takes on otherwise simple ingredients.
But mostly, it’s edible art, prepared by the best in the culinary world…