What a beautiful day to spend the morning at the Getty Museum yesterday. Sandi, Mertz, Sujata and I had reservations at their main dining room, The Restaurant.
Mertz and I decided on the Prix Fixe lunch without the wine pairing. Sujata had the Spicy Prawns with blistered corn pudding, scallion vinaigrette. Sandi had the Roasted Jidori Chicken with mango couscous risotto, vanilla buerre blanc and toasted cashews.
Our prixe fixe started with an Endive Salad with balsamic cherry vinaigrette, grilled red endive, honey ricotta and cherries. I fell in love with this salad. I don't think I've ever fallen in love with a salad before. It was perfect. Our main entrée was Beef Wellington with bone marrow, crispy mushrooms, puff pastry, and prosciutto fingerlings. This was not your typical beef Wellington. The puff pastry did not encase the filet. The very light and crispy pastry looked like a pair of eye glasses staring at you. It was up to you to cut and include it with your bite of beef. The steak was cooked to perfection.
Sandi was happy with her Jidori chicken and the interesting mango couscous risotto. Sujata was not thrilled with her Prawns. She loved the taste but the presentation turned her off. It isn't easy for some people especially a vegetarian to have prawns staring at you with their little black eyes and antennae sticking out.
For dessert, Sandi ordered the Butterscotch Budino which she found to be too sweet. Mertz and I had no choice. Our dessert included in our prix fixe was called "Birthday Cake". A slice of vanilla cake with strawberry and cream filling, confetti ice cream, mixed berries sauce and a French macaron. Our cake was nice and light. Sujata had the best dessert. That was her reward in lieu of her prawns. She had the Poached Pear with ginger streusel, citrus mascarpone and a saffron crème anglaise.
After our wonderful lunch, we strolled along the gardens which were inspiring to all of us. It was nice to reflect on the beauty of God's creation. As Mr. Rogers would have sung: " What a beautiful day in the neighborhood....." It was a beautiful day at the Getty Center.