Ian Martorana

Plume

Plume

Plume is an amazing restaurant in the Jefferson Hotel. Boasting a Michelin star, Plume offers two dinner options: A three-course pre-fixe menu, or a tasting menu with an option for wine pairings. I enjoyed Plume with a few friends (and family), so we opted for the three-course pre-fixe menu to avoid completely breaking the bank. 

For the pre-fixe dinner, both the appetizer and entree offer seven options, while the dessert course has six options. As a brief disclaimer here: I had bites of other appetizers, entrees, and desserts, and everything was amazing. Whatever you get here, I don't think you can go wrong.

We started the meal with an amuse bouche, which is typically a feature of the tasting menu but not the pre-fixe menu. It was a nice touch by the chef, and started the meal on the right foot. For the appetizer, I started with the scallops.

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The diver scallops were absolutely amazing; you can see the hard sear, which is really what you want on a scallop. The plating, it goes without saying, was minimal and elegant. The scallops were served with red beet gnocchi and a sea bean sauce, adding nice savory and salty notes (I don't like beets at all, and this gnocchi was quite good. I imagine beet fans would be over the moon).

Next up, entree. The dover sole and prime beef both called to me, but in the end, I opted for the lamb. 

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Dubbed the Elysian Field Farm Lamb, this dish did not disappoint. The lamb was cooked perfectly, and the natural gaminess of the meat was able to shine. The sauces were great and the dish had a pervasive herbaciousness that I found particularly pleasant. Finally, I finished my meal with a Sicilian Pistachio Petit Gâteau (it was a really yummy cake). I am a sucker for pistachio, and admittedly, I am not a huge dessert fan, but I found the cake to balance savoriness and sweetness—cloying sweet desserts are not my speed. The Everything Chocolate dessert was also excellent, if you can stomach more than a bite of one of the richer desserts I've ever tasted.

We ended the meal with grappa and wine; overall, Plume was a truly amazing experience. And that is what dining here was: An experience. This is not the type of restaurant to swing by for a meal after work on a Thursday. Plume is truly an event, and should be treated that way. Next time you have a birthday, or you want to treat a significant other to a special evening out, try Plume.

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I would also be remiss if I didn't add a little addendum here to give a brief shout out to the bar in the Jefferson Hotel, Quill. It was really swanky and had some unique cocktails. My personal recommendation: Pop in for a drink before you sit down for your meal.