Thursday, January 14, 2016

Restaurant: J&G Grill at the St. Regis in Deer Valley

J&G Grill at the St. Regis in Deer Valley, Utah

7452 Mary (Bloody Mary)
Brioche Bread Pudding with Roasted Pineapple
and Condensed Milk Ice Cream
This was my first dining experience at a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, and it did not disappoint.  Even though we didn't have a full sit-down meal (we sat at the bar), I'd rate this in my top 5 dining experiences in my lifetime.

It's rare when I dine at a restaurant and enjoy every single item I ordered and where service is flawless.  To help me remember our amazing experience, here is what we enjoyed:

  • 7452 Mary:  At 7,452 feet, Deer Valley's signature Bloody Mary is topped off with a wasabi and celery espuma, cayenne pepper and black lava salt.  
    • It was served with a pipette of Worcestershire sauce (fun!).  It's the best Bloody Mary I've ever had in my life.  Super fresh, spicy, unique with the wasabi/celery/green apple foam and the slightly sweet black lava salt.
  • Smoke & Fire:  Don Julio Reposado Tequila, High West Campfire Whiskey, Lemon, Spiced Hibiscus, Orange
    • Who would've thought to put tequila and whiskey in a drink together?  Smooth and balanced with lots of complexity.  Loved this.
  • Tuna Tartare with Avocado, Spicy Radish and a Ginger Marinade
    • Amazingly fresh;  I could've eaten 3 of this app since it was small; would've been perfect with crostini.
  • Sichuan Pepper Crusted Yellowfin Tuna
    • It was served with 2 Shishito peppers and a soy-miso mustard sauce.  Ordered it rare, and it was amazing just like the app -- suprisingly not spicy even though it had the Sichuan peppers on the outside crust.  I must find Jean-Georges' recipe for the soy-miso mustard sauce!  
  • Brioche Bread Pudding with Roasted Pineapple and Condensed Milk Ice Cream
    • This is what bread pudding should always be like -- moist and decadent with every single bite.  It was topped with a thinly sliced dried piece of pineapple.  A lovely end to our meal.

Regarding drinks, I think their cocktail list was one of the best I've seen.  I wanted to try all of them!
Here was their specialty cocktail  menu:

I'd HIGHLY recommend dining at J&G grill or going there for apres-ski!  (Apparently, there is a way to ski down to the bar!)  Note that we took a nice finicular ride from the bottom to get to the hotel that's mid-mountain.

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