Excellence at Gunter Seeger

We did the eight course tasting menu at Gunter Seeger and the entire experience was so lovely. When approaching tasting menus there is usually an element of style, design and art involved and at Gunter Seeger you can expect top marks on that. The food itself was absolutely delicious with an amazing wine list. We shared a bottle of reisling from Austria (the name escapes me which I regret) that I am trying to find this bottle in my local wine stores to this day! The service is above and beyond with close attention to detail. The space itself is lovely with a quiet ambiance, more than enough space to move around, and a 10 person chef’s table in the back that overlooks the kitchen. Gunter Seeger is worthy of a celebration meal or maybe even a treat yourself because you deserve it meal!

Heirloom Beet Tart

Heirloom Beet Tart

John’s River oysters, cucumber granite and smoked trout roe

John’s River oysters, cucumber granite and smoked trout roe

Chilled kohlrabi veloute, radish, green asparagus

Chilled kohlrabi veloute, radish, green asparagus

Four sensation oasis farm egg

Four sensation oasis farm egg

Poached halibut, pea blossom, mussel jus

Poached halibut, pea blossom, mussel jus

Grilled spot prawn, marinated bell pepper, figs from Afghanistan, Lady Edison ham

Grilled spot prawn, marinated bell pepper, figs from Afghanistan, Lady Edison ham

Quail in an artichoke, summer truffle

Quail in an artichoke, summer truffle

Ardith Mae goat cheese

Ardith Mae goat cheese

Fleurs de Jardin Vacherin, strawberry sorbet and pistacchio mousse

Fleurs de Jardin Vacherin, strawberry sorbet and pistacchio mousse

Petit Fours

Petit Fours

Favorites:

  1. Chilled kohlrabi veloute, radish, green asparagus- this gives you a nice refreshing lift midway through the menu and I loved the smokiness!

  2. Four sensation oasis farm egg- this egg is fabulous and frothy. The textures will give you of a “home comfort” feel when eating. It’s also paired with a gorgeous slice of bread (not pictured here) so you can scoop out the shell because trust me you will want to.

  3. Quail in an artichoke, summer truffle- fantastic pairing of quail and artichoke. The cook on the artichoke especially is impressive. The artichoke just melts in with the quail which I loved especially given how it is not easy to execute artichoke.

In contraste to traditional Italian food, Contraste is a mouthful of fresh air

Contraste was my favorite restaurant in Italy. Not only was the service impeccable but I loved the modern take on rustic Italian food. I would never think to pair smoked eel with potato gnocchi or put beef ragu in a savory donut with gravy but all of it- and I mean every single course of the meal was exquisite. Our host and waiters were accommodating, friendly and eager to please. They themselves are true definitions of what a foodie is and their recommendations proved to be great choices. I am so happy Contraste's tasting menu was my last meal in Italy and I cannot wait to go back and pay them a visit again.

Amuse bouche comes in a neon lit cloud with olives, smoked fish and cheese.

Amuse bouche comes in a neon lit cloud with olives, smoked fish and cheese.

A close up shot of an assortment of amuse bouche: socca with wasabi, bechamel on a crepe like cracker, smoked tuna 

A close up shot of an assortment of amuse bouche: socca with wasabi, bechamel on a crepe like cracker, smoked tuna 

A chessboard of granola, wasabi, squid ink, grapefruit, tuna

A chessboard of granola, wasabi, squid ink, grapefruit, tuna

Cod in anchovy sauce with onion jelly

Cod in anchovy sauce with onion jelly

Potato gnocchi, smoked eel and squid ink

Potato gnocchi, smoked eel and squid ink

Shortbread in gravy

Shortbread in gravy

Cow stomach with carrot puree and tomatillo sauce

Cow stomach with carrot puree and tomatillo sauce

Donut filled with beef ragu and topped with béchamel

Donut filled with beef ragu and topped with béchamel

Ricotta ice cream, chocolate shavings, fig and pistachio ice cream

Ricotta ice cream, chocolate shavings, fig and pistachio ice cream

Citrus tasting- mandarin tart with burrata. Cream inside the candied shell made to look exactly like an orange!

Citrus tasting- mandarin tart with burrata. Cream inside the candied shell made to look exactly like an orange!