Foie Gras Burger
Nelson @ Verses: This fancy (ie expensive) restaurant in Waterloo was built inside a church. It is an interesting setting for a restaurant and they make good use of it.
Foie Gras is considered one of the finest French delicacies, and it is the fattened (by force feeding which is very controversial) liver of a goose or duck. There are different grades of Foie Gras depending on the content, and I believe this piece was pure Foie Gras. I would describe the taste as a very rich, creamy, fatty (in a good way), ice cream-like in texture, but meaty in taste. Even though I used those adjectives, I would also oxymoronically describe it as light in taste. Perhaps that's why it is held in such high regard - the complexity in taste. It's good, but not good enough that I can ignore the high price (and ethics).
But Kitty had never eaten Foie Gras before, so I ordered the Foie Gras burger. This is a very creative example of Foie Gras, described as "Seared Foie Gras on a brioche bun with port caramelized shallots and muskmelon relish. Topped with peppercress and foie gras mousse" The presentation is cute, because the burger is tiny, with tiny pieces of shallots and greens. To top it off, it is served with mini french fries (texture like Hickory Sticks).
Good presentation and it tasted good, but it was tough to share since it was so tiny. I liked everything about the dish, except at $22, I don't think I would get it again.
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