To coincide with the release of the film “Julie & Julia”, Chef Mavro has created a menu that pays homage to the Dean of French cooking in America. The “Julia Child Tribute Menu” celebrates the legacy of Ms. Child by showcasing three of her classic recipes. Chef George Mavrothalassitis, already a legend in the Honolulu restaurant scene, respectfully and faithfully recreates a three-course French meal à la Julia Child, while managing to enhance the experience with a few of his own touches.
The prix-fixe menu offers a salad starter, entrée and dessert for $59.00 per person. As the meal begins and, in anticipation of the Julia Child menu, the Chef first offers diners an amuse-bouche , both as a welcome and as a reminder of his own creative culinary prowess. This evening it was a creamy puree of corn flavored with citrus and onion, served in an oversized shot glass.
The first course is Salade Frisée aux Lardons. This is a traditional French favorite with frisée lettuce, fried bits of slab bacon, delicate croutons and topped with a perfectly poached egg. The greens are dressed with a well balanced vinaigrette dressing and this proves to be a satisfying introduction that sets the tone for the rest of the meal.
The main course is a true Julia Child classic, Boeuf Bourguignon. Those who have seen the “Julie & Julia” movie will recall the trial and error approach that both main characters shared during the preparation of this dish. The Chef Mavro version is sheer perfection, both in taste and presentation. The cast iron casserole is delivered tableside, along with side dishes of steamed potatoes and carrots. The beef literally melts in your mouth as you savor the rich stew flavored with burgundy wine. The tastes recalled the joie de vivre lifestyle Julia had led in post-war Paris.
Then, once again, Chef Mavro reminds us of his presence with a delightful little course of chilled cantaloupe squares with champagne jelly and fresh mint.
For dessert a classic apple Tarte Tatin is served in individual portions, along with a scoop of decadently rich buttermilk ice cream. This classic dish from the Normandy region is an apple lover’s delight. Julia would have been proud of this version.
Topping off the evening was an assortment of chocolate truffles, including a rich creamy dark chocolate with lavender that sent the taste buds soaring to new heights.
There are suggested wine pairings to accompany each course. Our party of four opted for a round of the Julia Child “reverse martinis” and then a bottle of French Burgundy, which was the perfect complement to the meal.
Due to popular demand, the “Julie & Julia” menu is now being offered through the month of September. Reservations are essential.