I had such a magical evening on Saturday dining with 12 friends with a private vintage champagne and wine.
Chatham's is located in a little office building tucked away like a little gem behind the over hype resto on restaurant row.
Once you arrive in the parking lot the entrance is located on the side of the building, however there's a very small vestibule, where the restrooms are located, ladies you are provided with Avon hand moisturizers and soaps, not some unknown antiseptic soap.
Once you veer to the left the small dining room open up like a well kept small secret. Upon entering you notice the elegant older decor reminiscent of the early 80's Dynasty era.
If you hail from New York it will remind you of the small, special family restaurant in little Italy only a friend of a friend is invited to.
Our group was tucked away to the right for more privacy. Each table was dress in fine white tablecloth, glass candlelight (not Glades). Fresh red roses on each table add a nice touch.
We had 8 different glasses for the different wines we were tasting, which was a great touch to have specialty glasses available base on the type of grapes.
We were assisted by a team of head waiter, assistant, and busboy that were excellent and efficient about what you should expected from a fine dining establishment.
Upon entering the dining room I was directed to the table, the chair was pulled out and the napkin was unfurl onto my lap.
I was asked if I wanted carbonated or still water, I was thinking still water will not be an expensive affair, well I was wrong it was to the tune of $8.00 per bottle.
Regrettably I must have drink 2 bottles, 1 bottle was taken care of by our host David.
I must warn you this is not the type of restaurant that relies on quick turnkey. (meaning they expect most guest to be done within an hour so they can turn the table over) this more of a beautiful journey in opening your palette.
We were there for 4 hours :), meaning this is not Wendy's or McDonald if your food doesn't arrive in 30 seconds you can have a fit, this is more like 30 mtes per course to give your palette a chance to savor every morsels. If you are in a hurry or can't fathom spending 4 hours on dinner, you better go to a chain restaurant.
You can bring your own wine but there is a corkage fee of $20.00, now let me explain why this is worth it.
Upon bringing your wine you will be assign a sommelier at least I hope he was :) who will analyze the wine and figure out how much aeration is needed and proceed to decant the wine and give you an estimate of time.
We started with the special appetizer of the day while sipping our first cuvee of champagne.
This is not the Golden Coral buffet,don't expect the portions to be gargantuan.
We were serve with bruschetta which was very flavorful, artisan bread with a dollop of butter with fresh Parmesan cheese and herb. I wish I was ABLE TO ask for a doggie bag for the bread.
while waiting for our entree we had a beautiful Caymus 1996 and 2009 to clean our palette.
Chef Tony sent us a little gift of a spoon of pasta marinated in a scrumptious red pepper sauce with fresh Italian basil.
At this point we were ready for more wine to flow, we were not disappointed by the Mouton Baronne Phillip de Rothschild.
In between courses our silverware were changed for the next course, unfortunately the assistant didn't clean our table of the bread residues, as I anticipated.
Our main course arrive unfortunately the plating didn't seduce my vision as I've had at other fine dining restaurant such as Norman.
The plating consist of half a teaspoon sweet potatoes separated by ONE GREEN BEAN. Which provided fodder for my companions, one analogy was there's a scarcity of green bean so we must be on ration of just 1 per person lol.
However my disappointment was short lived upon tasting the morsel of chicken in a delectable sauce that revived my taste buds for an affinity of chicken.
I was informed by our head waiter the chicken was organic and free range. When I asked him to elaborate on the type free range if the chickens were free during the day and put into a pen at night. He told me their chicken was completely free range.
My friend had the roasted duck and rack of lamb, both of them were making funny noises as they were deguste their meals.
After savoring 7 gorgeous bottle of wine, including champagne I opt for desert. However my companions had the key lime pie, banana pudding.
After 4 hours of fine dining and amazing wine and champagne it was time to take the party to Vines for some music and dancing.
Yes it was a magical dining experience with a great group of friends and savoring $600 Cuvee champagne bottle.
What is your favorite wine?
Have a great week,