A French fine dining hub in the middle of a busy strip mall in Chinatown is not something you would think of when you see Lee’s Sandwiches and Pho Kim Long. And yet, Partage sits quietly on the south end of this strip mall. Parking here is a shit show unless you’re aware of the parking on the backside of the strip mall, but it’s dark back there, so I would recommend Lyft/Uber.
Our friends invited us to dinner here while were in town. It’s been on their list for a while, but with an active toddler and busy work schedules it’s been hard for them to get in. But after checking out the website, I was pretty excited to give it a go.
We arrived for our 6PM reservation and were promptly seated. Our captain, Sebastian, walked us through the concept of Partage and gave us the highlights of what to look forward to. He also wanted to understand allergies and ingredients for the chefs to adjust. One of our friends is pregnant so our table did have adjustments. We all decided on the 7 course tasting menu, and 2 of us did the wine pairing.
We all started with pre-dinner drinks. I had their summer version of the gin fizz with watermelon. It was a gorgeous drink and something that I could drink on a warm summer day…bright and refreshing.
Amuse - Blue fin tuna, kumquat, parsnip
Asparagus velouté with yuzu sorbet
Sorry, no photo of this one…it was served in one of those 2 piece martini glasses where there was dry ice and water and therefore vapor releasing from that piece…all the while a lovely asparagus soup was poured in with a quenelle of yuzu sorbet carefully dropped in the middle. It was so good! Very fresh and bright, but also velvety smooth and rich. I need to figure out how to reverse engineer this dish.
Peas, puff pastry, Iberico de Bellota
Cauliflower risotto, shrimp, gooseberries
Halibut, fennel, herbs, lemon
Duck, foie gras, fennel, cherries
Cheese - Brie, I forgot the middle but it was reminiscent of a super aged Gouda, Ossau-Iraty
Rhubarb, white chocolate, yuzu, crepe
Mignardises - wasabi macaron, grapefruit macaron, cherry & almond financier, canele, caramels (sorry, no photo…we were allowed to select only one each)
The plating was lovely. The meal was thoughtfully prepared and executed. I think we all loved the soup, halibut, and duck the most. I wanted to lick the remnants of the soup but that wouldn’t have been appropriate. The wine pairings were pretty solid…everything was from France and there were elements in each of the wines that matched with ingredients in the dishes. My husband and I probably would have preferred more reds instead of whites to be served with dinner (we usually don’t drink whites), but I really enjoyed it.
We felt well taken care of by Sebastian and his team. We were asked if the tempo of dinner was right when he noticed us lingering a bit between courses, but we were all catching up on each others’ lives. He was thorough in explaining all the dishes and wines, and seemed to enjoy interacting with our rather gregarious group. I think we all agreed that we would be happy to come back.