May 25, 2012: An inspired dinner at Diva at the Met!
Yesterday, I hit the 151 page mark of the SF miniseries Paul and I are working on. That’s 12 acts down and four to go! I celebrated by going out for a nice dinner.
Surprisingly, it’s been a while since I sat down to an inspired multi-course meal. Even more surprisingly was where we enjoyed it last night: Diva at the Met, the somewhat staid restaurant in the Metropolitan Hotel where the Stargate gang and I used to go for their signature burgers topped with foie gras, short rib, crispy onions and white truffle oil (on the occasions when Chris Judge would join us, he’d actually have two!).
It had been a while since I’d been to Diva, but I’d heard intriguing talk of a new chef, Hamid Salimian, seasonal ingredients, and touches of modernist cuisine.
We (who am I kidding? I!) elected to go with the seven course Chef’s Tasting Menu. Not every dish was a home run, but the thought that went into their creation and presentation made every one an entertaining and, ultimately, delightful experience.
To start, we were served five “diva snacks”, small bites to tantalize the tastebuds…
Serving was great. The only real thumbs down I would give would be to the ambience of the restaurant. Like I said, the dining room is very staid and quite dark – this despite the fact that, by the time we got out of there a little after 7:00 p.m., it was still very sunny.
An enjoyable meal. According to our waitress, Chef Salimian changes up the menu items every week, so we’ll definitely have to plan a return visit for late June.
I’m going to try to get around to doing a mailbag this weekend, so if you’ve got a question, post it!
Today entry is dedicated to blog regular Chev. Happy Birthday, Maryanne!