In: Eating30 Jul 2010
Hudson’s is one of the best at combining wild, exotic ingredients with Southwestern flair. Until recently, it was out of reach for most of us. The new tasting menu aims to change all that, offering three courses (the middle course pairs two entrees!) for $49.50. This striking dessert was served last, but looked so scrumptious it had to be the lead: a Chambord-chocolate mousse with “legs of fudge,” melted chocolate reaching up the sides of the glass. The rich chocolate-raspberry flavor was heavenly. You could opt instead for a warm berry flambe over homemade vanilla ice cream.
The entree course is actually two entrees: An espresso-rubbed smoked elk backstrap in chipotle-lime beurre blanc, and hot-and-crunchy trout on a mango jalapeno aioli sauce. The tender, juicy slices of elk were served with chive mashed potatoes. The ruby trout had great crunchiness outside and was accompanied by a sweet-corn pudding. That’s a spicy ancho sauce drizzled on top.
While you look over the menu, nibble on this fresh-baked, Parmesan-crusted, spring onion roll. Served warm with two butters: chipotle honey and garden herb. That’s a mango-chile shooter in the background, a spicy little amuse-bouche to get the party started.
Your choice of starters is a salad or this chipotle-lobster bisque with Parmesan puff pastry. Slightly spicy and loaded with seafood flavor.
Hudson’s has always been a romantic setting. With the new tasting menu, you can afford to be romantic more often!