With panoramic views stretching out across Manhattan, this is one of the highlights of our visit to the Big Apple.
Nestling on the 35th floor there are views right across Central Park, and Columbus Circle giving you expansive views of the Upper East Side. Having undergone a dramatic transformation since my last visit, when I arrived it was still daylight and the sun was setting. My waiter for the evening greeted me with a refreshing glass of champagne, picked from a collection put together by Laura Williamson, Wine Director and Master Sommelier.
The staff, like my waiter Jarred are all seasoned professionals in luxury customer service, and outstanding knowledge of the menu and food throughout the restaurant. The kitchen staff has more than 60 who collectively speak over 20 languages, and lots of the front of house team have been with the restaurant since it opened over 10 years ago.
Like all great chefs, Pratsch gives credit to his team, a kitchen brigade of more than 60, speaking 20 languages between them, and a front of house staff, many of whom have been with Asiate since the restaurant opened over a decade ago.
Tonight, I’m invited to sample the world renowned seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Crafted by the restaurants award-winning team, this is a spectacle which promises an inspiring balance of wine and food that does not compete, but complement each other well.
First on the menu is the big eye tuna sashimi with cucumber, sturgeon caviar and yogurt. This is a refreshing palette cleaner, washed down beautifully with the champagne. Although I’m brought a glass of white to go with it as well.
I try the foie gras terrine with coconut but the texture and flavour for me is a first and not something I enjoy immediately. This could be down to inexperience however, so I’m more than willing to admit it could need some acquiring before I make my decision whether I’m ruling it out for good or not.
The Rhubarb Artichoke Risotto however is divine, with the rich Australian Black Truffle, Marscapone and Lemon melting in the mouth with a certain smokiness that lingers on the tongue.
My smoked sea scallop was fried to perfection, with a sizzling heat searing the outer layer with a delicate and divine inner centre that melted in the mouth.
A mother and her daughter are celebrating a birthday so I offer to take a photo. They seem thrilled with the gesture.
The wine pairings with the meal are an absolute delight. The evening is a testament to the wonderful atmosphere created by this 5 star team.