Jan
17

Flower Power at Essensia Restaurant

Valentine’s Day is known for giving flowers as a means of expressing love. In nature, flowers are the highest expression of a plant’s energy. This year’s Valentine’s Day special multicourse menu at Essensia Restaurant will focus on bringing edible flowers to the center of each plate. Taking that universal energy of nature and love to the next level. Try something new and tease your senses by experiencing flowers through taste, rather than through sight and smell. Dine on a savory 5 course meal made from the ultimate expressions of nature’s beauty and experience a unique way of expressing beauty and love through food.

 

5 Course Dinner  $95++ pp

 Starter:
Crab & Goat Cheese Stuffed Squash Blossom
Corn & Fennel Puree, Marigold Vinaigrette, Chive Flower
(Vegetarian Option Available)

 Soup:
Chilled Fresh Pea, Pistachio, & Greek Yogurt Soup
Crispy Sunhemp, Borage Flower, Fennel Pollen

 Salad:
Heirloom Tomato & Nasturtium Salad
Buratta, Dandelion Greens, Nasturtium Leaf Vinaigrette

 Entrée:
Seared Amazone Paiche in Crysanthamum Ginger Broth
Green Tea Soba Noodles, Stir-fried Flowering Broccoli & Thai Basil Flowers, Crispy Crysanthamum Leaves

or

Braised 5 Spice Natural Short Rib
Roasted Cauliflower & Saffron Risotto, Sauteed Haricot Verts & Hyacinth Flower

or

Vegetarian:
Creamy Baked Rigatoni with Saffron, Radicchio, and Zucchini Flower
Roasted Red Pepper Puree, Sauteed Haricot Verts & Hyacinth

Dessert
Crepes with Fresh Berries
Rose Petal Custard, Lavender Honey, Candied Pansies & Mini Roses

Drink Specials:
Glass of Rose, Rose bubbly with hibiscus flower, hibiscus and pomegranate martini, “Poppy” Crysanthamum Iced Tea Refresher, Hibiscus Kir Royale

Adding flowers to meals is not only quite flavorful, but its also nutritious. Many different cultures value fresh flowers in their culinary endeavors; rose petals were popular among Asian Indians, daylily buds often appear in oriental dishes, Romans used violets, and stuffed squash blossoms were popular in Italian and Hispanic cultures.

Call Essensia Restaurant at 305.908.5458 and make your reservation today!

*Sources for edible flowers include Paradise Farm, Teena’s Pride, Swank Farms, and  Essensia’s  Organic Chefs Garden.

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