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For more food photos and Honolulu Star-Advertiser restaurant critic Nadine Kam’s opinions on the Spring Menu, visit her blog http://takeabite.staradvertiserblogs.com/2012/03/14/art-of-pairing-food-and-wine-at-chef-mavro/
Nature controls the fresh truffle season in Perigord, France and the end is near. Chef Mavro, winner of the James Beard award, estimates that he can fly in these gourmet treats for only another 2 weeks. Presented tableside as captured a few days about by @mayadawn and sliced over any of Chef Mavro’s truffle-friendly dishes.
Don’t miss sliced fresh Perigord truffles with Peterson’s Egg/Serrano Ham and of course his greatest hit, Keahole Lobster Risotto!
Don’t miss Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, directed by Chef’s friend Karen Tiller, which is the grand finale of the 2012 season Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT). And reserve your table (944-4714) for one of Chef Mavro’s Opera Dinners which include complimentary chef’s cocktails (the romantic St. Germain) for everyone in your party and the fun of Chef welcoming you at your table to present the menu (your choice of 3- or 4- or 6-course flexible menus).
Pre-opera dinners on Friday, February 24 (restaurant opens early at 5:30 p.m. for HOT guests)
Post-opera dinners on Sunday, February 26
Pre-opera dinners on Tuesday, February 28 (restaurant opens early at 5:30 p.m. for HOT guests)
Tickets to the Opera: 596-7858
Chef Mavro reservations: 944-4714 or online www.chefmavro.com
Chef Mavro’s is again THE place to be Valentine’s Week. Recognized as a “Top 10 Hot Spot for Romance” by theknot.com, Chef Mavro has created a special menu for Valentine’s Eve (Feb. 13th) and Valentine’s Day. Don’t miss the wine pairings that range from a surprising sake to rare wines from older vintages available only at Chef Mavro. A fun opportunity to compare wines from Lebanon, Portugal, France and of course Napa Valley!
Note: If you prefer to celebrate during the weekend Friday, February 10, Saturday, February 11 and and Sunday, February 12, we will offer different 4- and 6-course and Grand Tasting menus which will also include our romantic Pavlova dessert.
February 13 and 14, 2012
The Romance of Food & Wine
and the best of
provence and hawaii
CHAMPAGNE TAITTINGER BRUT IN JEROBOAM
TRUFFLES – an optional added treat
“FRESH PERIGORD TRUFFLES – FLOWN IN FROM FRANCE”
SLICED TABLESIDE OVER TRUFFLE FRIENDLY DISHES
ADD 23.00 PER DISH
“oursinade” froth, poached kaua’i shrimp
OHYAMA, “GINSUIKA” JUNMAI GINJO SAKE
hudson valley foie gras au torchon, truffled savoy cabbage cole slaw
FITZ-RITTER, 2008 GEWÜRZTRAMINER SPÄTLESE, GERMANY
truffle “osmose,” potato mousseline, chervil, serrano ham ribbons
DOMAINE BARAT, 2009 CHABLIS 1ER CRU “LES FOURNEAUX”
keahole lobster risotto, white asparagus, essence of lobster
CHATEAU MUSAR BLANC, 2000 LEBANON
our sommelier rare wine selection
JEAN-PHILIPPE FICHET, 2008 MEURSAULT “LES GRUYACHES”
from colorado, french curry vadouvan, poha rice eggplant fritters
cured olives, fennel, thyme relish
LITTORAI, 2009 PINOT NOIR, SONOMA COAST
our sommelier rare wine selection
FREEMARK ABBEY “SYCAMORE VINEYARD”, 2005 NAPA VALLEY
seasonal berries poached in maple syrup
lemon scented crème fraiche, lychee sorbet
QUINTA DO CRASTO, 1995 VINTAGE PORT
WINE PAIRINGS 63.00
Excerpt from John Mariani’s column in Esquire.com
“”If chefs ate their own food,” said Paul Bocuse, “we’d have a better cuisine,” and the first duty of any cook is to make delicious food, to make his or her guests happy, sometimes surprising them with a novel idea, sometimes keeping them guessing with a bit of trompe l’oeil. The French have always recognized this distinction, emphasizing again and again simplicity in cooking, just as did da Vinci when he said of art and craft, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” When a chef goes to deliberate extremes to dazzle on the plate, he or she is violating the cardinal principle French gastronome Curnonsky insisted on: “Cuisine is when things taste like themselves.” In cooking, form follows function, not vice versa, in the same way that the designer of a beautiful airplane has, by necessity, to make sure the wings stay on.
For the fifth consecutive year Chef Mavro restaurant is the only independent restaurant in Hawaii, and one of only a handful nationally, to earn the American Automobile Association (AAA) Five Diamond award. Other notable independent restaurant winners nationally are The French Laundry and Gary Danko in California, and Charlie Trotter’s and Alinea in Chicago. See the complete list here:
The consistently outstanding food, service and décor of Chef Mavro restaurant was confirmed by the anonymous visits of highly trained AAA inspectors. The Five Diamond award is “reserved for those outstanding restaurants that exemplify the highest level of excellence in every facet of operation.”
Chef Mavro comments: “We’re delighted because the AAA Five Diamonds reconfirms that casual fine dining is possible. Our restaurant offers a unique combination of a relaxed Hawaii style with national-level excellence in food, service and ambiance.”
Reserve your table by calling us (808) 944-4714 or on the reservations page of this site www.chefmavro.com/reservations.html
Happiness on a Fork shows you recipes on the menu right now!
Over the holidays, Chef Mavro came out of his kitchen for a few moments to meet Chef Hirohisa Koyama of Japan’s Kokin Aoyagi restaurant, who is in Honolulu to cook for the 2012 Sony Open Gala Dinner at the Convention Center. In 2010, Chef Mavro was chosen to prepare the Gala Dinner so they were able to share thoughts on the challenge of cooking for 1,000 VIPs! Chef Koyama loved the flavors of Chef Mavro’s 6-course tasting menu and the relaxing ambiance of the restaurant.
Chef Mavro gives the back story on a recipe from the new menu available now: Boeuf Bourguignon Moderne.
“These beef recipes are killing me! American guests are experts in matter of beef cooking. By far the best steak houses in the world are in the U.S. For me this is the most challenging ingredient I have to deal with. People expect to see a beef selection on my menu and every season I have to come up with new ideas and new seasonal garnishes. I don’t like to pick up a recipe from the past and since we are not a steak house, NY steaks, prime ribs, Chateaubriands and rib eyes are out of question. I have been changing my menu every season since 1978 when I opened my first restaurant “La Presqu’ile in Cassis, Provence” and I can come up with a new seafood recipe every week. I have no problem with chicken, duck, pork, lamb etc… But beef terrorizes me. But I don’t give up!
Here is my latest beef story:
A few years ago Columbia Pictures asked me to promote the Julia Child-inspired movie “Julie & Julia” in Hawaii. They gave a whole theater for me to invite more than 200 of my friends for the premiere of the movie in Honolulu. It was an enormous success. I was amazed after the movie to hear everyone craving “Burgundy Beef!” I decided for the following month to do a promotional burgundy beef menu at the restaurant. We sold out the whole month and we had to extend the promotion for two more weeks to satisfy the demand.
During the promotion Nadine Kam who was then food editor, Honolulu Star-Bulletin (now restaurant critic Honolulu Star-Advertiser), asked me to create a modern version of the Burgundy Beef.
I did it just for the newspaper and never put it on the menu. I deconstructed the recipe, using a whole piece of Certified Angus short rib. The beef is braised for 5 hours in burgundy wine, cut into rectangular pavé, covered with the cooking jus, topped with fresh mushrooms, carrots, parsnips, sautéed swiss chard on the side and served with one of my classics a fluffly caper and extra olive oil mashed potato. Since it is never too late, that delicious, elegant “Moderne” version of Boeuf Bourguignon is now on our menu.
I was wondering what kind of wine was going to balance this dish? Our food & wine pairing committee chose a non-traditional “Equis” from Domaine de Lises, Saint Joseph. Dark and meaty with fresh cracked pepper aroma; what a perfect match!”
Perigord truffles now available and are wonderful sliced tableside over Boeuf Bourguignon Moderne!
Read social media queen Melissa Chang’s experience helping the Chef Mavro team choose wine pairings for the new Holiday Menu that starts tomorrow. Fabulous food photos too!