The best places in the world to indulge in (like) golden eggs.
One of the most indulgent and satisfying culinary experience in the world comes in the form of tiny black glistening eggs perched atop a toast point, a mother of pearl spoon, or off the back of your hand – dollop of crème fraiche optional. For those of you who can’t resist the salty, earthy, slightly crunchy yet rich creamy consistency – especially when chased with a shot of crisp vodka or savored with a fizzy glass of Champagne, here are some of the best places to indulge around the planet.
Chef Anthony Martin specializes in a few caviar dishes at this Michelin-starred Chicago eatery – and one that defies gravity is the Levitating Amuse Golden Potato Chip with Crème Fraiche and Reserve Kaluga Caviar. Why didn’t anyone think of putting caviar on a thick-ridged salty chip before? It’s the yin and yang of taste-bud stimulation and you will want to eat dozens of these, not just one. Follow that up with the elaborate Coral Caviar: Image in the Sea which is a large barnacle dotted with shells oozing with Russian Royal Imperial Ossetra, Golden Ossetra, Natural Trout, Italian Ossetra, Kaluga and California Trout.
West Hollywood, California
At Petrossian Café in West Hollywood you can enjoy your caviar in Eggs Royal for brunch, a Farmer’s Market salad for lunch, or drizzled on a piece of Mediterranean sea bass for dinner. Chef Giselle Wellman skillfully works caviar into her menu to complement and enhance a dish rather than overpower the food. If you’d like to learn about the different types of California raised sturgeon, take one of three levels of classes complete with signature dishes and drinks like the ‘Caviar Martini’ with a cube of caviar for an ‘olive’ garnish. The take home counter store has you covered for a picnic or an amazing gifting opportunity. New this season is a Pressed Caviar Powder which you can sprinkle freely to season just about anything you’re cooking at home; or the caviar-cream that looks perfect for slathering onto a toasted bagel. petrossian.com.
Hotel Bel Air
After several years, Hotel Bel Air Restaurant has reopened with a new design by renowned architect David Rockwell. While the dining room is sexy and romantic at night, alfresco or by the fire, there is nothing like breakfast in bed – especially when your chef is Wolfgang Puck. “The Breakfast Escape” includes one ounce of Ossetra Caviar served with toasted brioche and crème fraiche along with an Onsen Egg with soft Parmesan polenta and black truffle mascarpone emulsion. For the sweet tooth, Seacrest strawberries with warm Vahlrona chocolate ganache, buttermilk short bread and whipped cream pair well with the Henriot “Souverain,” Brut Reims Champagne. And, for those in the know, Puck keeps a large stock of Caviar California White Sturgeon and Russian Imperial Caviar on tap but you must ask for it off the menu. hotelbelair.com.
Caviar House & Prunier
Across the pond in the heart of Mayfair, lies one of the best caviar emporiums in the world. It’s so popular, they have installed an outlet inside Harrod’s department store in Knightsbridge and walk-up seafood bars at several Heathrow airport terminals. Choose from Imperial, New York, Oscietra or Royal Black whether you’re having a full meal, snack or just picking up a gift to go, you’ll want to savor the experience. Don’t miss the oysters or melt-in-your-mouth Balik salmon while you’re quaffing away. caviarhouse-prunier.com.
The Ritz Carlton
While you’re staying at this opulent hotel over-looking Red Square in Moscow, add the Tsar’s Breakfast to your million dollar view. Start your day like royalty with Beluga caviar and a bottle of Cristal Roederer Champagne. Not only will your morning spread include caviar with blinis, sour cream and eggs, but also a Kobe beef steak with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and truffle omelet, foie gras “Au Torchon,” and a selection of Italian ham and French cheeses followed by a seasonal fruit platter with breakfast bakeries. ritzcarlton.com.
Landmark Mandarin Oriental
Over in bustling Hong Kong, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental has launched Kaviari at their spectacularly dramatic mirror and glass MO Bar. The en-K de caviar is served in tins of 15 grams (exactly 10 scoops) of Oscietra pearls. An impressive selection of champagnes are also available including Dom Perignon but they also recommend a Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand; Jyunmai Ginjyo sake or Gold Line vodka to enhance the experience. mandarinoriental.com.