Valentine’s Day Paleo
I am lucky enough to live in a place where “gluten-free” is a common phrase. For valentine’s day this year I picked Five Restaurant with a four course menu that I could tell was pretty optimal. I was pleased when the waiter told us that the ONLY item on the menu with gluten in it was one of the two dessert options. I think he probably forgot about the tortellini entree option, but I wasn’t going anywhere near that anyways.
The chef clearly went out of his way to do this – was it because he made a healthy choice? Probably not. I think it’s more likely he is tired of altering his dishes for discerning patrons and opted for the simplest option – skip gluten. He chose crisped salsify (a root vegetable) to add texture to the sashimi appetizer, gelatin and dairy as thickeners for the soup, salmon with a very crispy skin that needed no breading, and for dessert a meringue which needs no gluten.
- ahi tuna sashimi | green apple | ponzu | avocado | shiso | crisp salsify
- white carrot soup | savory vanilla panna cotta | pomegranate | crisp sunchokes
- steelhead salmon | ruby red beet love | horseradish fennel royale | caramelized caulifower hearts
- raspberry meringue | passion fruit sorbet | berry simple syrup