When asked if I’d like to experience Pinot Provence, I couldn’t hesitate. The restaurant has been on my list for a long time and here was my chance.
The Le Tour de France dinner promised to transport patrons to the countryside of France with a luxurious four course menu prepared by executive chef Alfonso Ramirez in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the bicycle race. We were given the option of a French wine pairing for the full experience and of course we said yes. We were here for the full ride and waited for our journey to begin.
The countryside trip began with a lovely Tomato Gazpacho with Dungeness Crab Beignet, Heirloom Tomato, Basil Pistou and a glass of Chateau de St. Martin Rose 2012 – on of my favorites of the night. Poured ever so delicately table side, we were delighted by its refreshing finish on our palates. The juicy heirloom tomatoes combined with the luscious bites of crab in the chilled gazpacho had us excited about the next course. So far, we were enjoying our French countryside trip.
Our second course, served on a metal slab, is one of my favorite seafood indulgences. The dish of seared scallops, parsley gremolata, basil scented jus was amazingly perfect, seared and seasoned to perfection, and we sat in complete silence savoring each bite and only looking up to sip and savor the wine pairing – a lovely glass of Domain Cherrier et Fils Sancerre 2011 aged in oak barrels.
Just as we thought we’d be getting full, we somehow managed to save room for the savory roasted duck breast served with celery root purée, summer squash, and duck liver jus. The duck was perfectly cooked and melted just perfectly – paired up with Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas 2011, it was the perfect accompaniment.
Our French countryside trip ended with an absolutely amazing dessert. The Summer Peach Tartin with a brown butter crumble, lavender chantilly, and a tonka bean gelato. This dish was a mix of juicy ripe peaches and a delicate gelato that we almost wish there was more of. We scraped the bottom of our pans and enjoyed the pairing of Chateau Grand-Jurga Sauternes 2007 – my first experience with Sauternes. The nose on this wine is quite refreshing and the sweet floral fruity finish paired well with this dish.
Pinot Provence is a romantic French restaurant located inside the Westin. If you’re looking for a perfect date night spot, a place to celebrate a special occasion, or just a nice night out for an exceptional meal – you won’t be disappointed at Pinot Provence. We were impressed by the service, the attention to detail, and of course the amazing cuisine.