Before dinner Mike lead the olive oil tasting (this was my first one, drinking olive oil is a totally new "thing" for me.") He reminded us to just think of it as fruit juice because essentially, it is. The freshness of this olive oil is inherent as a result of the approach the company has taken to growing and harvesting their olives and making and packaging their oil. For example, they cold press their olives within hours of careful harvesting, and they package the product in dark glass. These methods are essential to locking in the purest taste possible; as soon as the fruits come off the vine for as long as the oil remains in the bottle.
The olive oils were seamlessly and yet so poignantly woven throughout each of our three courses, prepared exclusively for our group by chef Scott Hebert. The smooth and versatile Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil subtly enhanced our first course of Buratta Ravioli. The presentation was striking; a pastel backdrop of luxurious and foamy braised artichoke and sweet heirloom tomato fondue sets the stage. The ravioli parades around a creamy and nutty bright green artichoke pesto ball, the soft set pasta enveloping springy buratta cheese. I thought this was a brilliant dish.
For the main course, an emulsion of Eggplant and Vandouvian spices under a bed of saffron cous cous proudly displayed the King Salmon which was poached in Millers Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
This olive oils balanced fruity-with-a-peppery kick flavors make it ideal for using in dishes containing strong spices, much like this one. This delicate preparation of a favorite fish will long stand out in my mind, bold orangey pink colors of flaky velvety layers were exquisite, with a topping of barely there olive oil fried crispy toast and a bouquet of crunchy green peppers.While the fusion of olive oil into the first courses was beautifully accomplished, the dessert course of Valhrona Chocolate Tart was especially impressive in this respect. A firm pastry shell with a decadent chocolate exterior contained Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil mingling with a divine black olive caramel sauce. This type of olive oil is characterized by fresh tropical fruity flavors, the distinct combination with rich chocolate and orange ice cream was quite a sensation. Dining at Troquet was a real treat. I love discovering hidden gems among well traveled streets. While I had heard vaguely of this restaurant, it somehow wasn't on my radar to try. Based on tonight's food and hospitality, I would happily return and would definitely recommend it.