Haute Mom: Cyrus

A meal at Cyrus is a three hour culinary experience. The service at Cyrus is impeccable and I so appreciated the knowledge of the staff. The Sommelier was excellent and paired my tasting menu with some unique and delicious wines. Located in the cute town of Healdsburg, California, this two Michelin Star restaurant was superb.

I decided to order the eight course tasting menu along with the wine pairing for each course. I will highlight my favorite dishes and my favorite pairings.

Canapés Showcasing Five Taste Perceptions

"Bacon and Eggs"

The Cyrus version of “Bacon and Eggs” with succulent pork belly and a quail egg was a perfect recreation of a classic combination. I NEVER turn down pork belly and this one did not disappoint. The aspect I appreciated in this version was the broth and how silky it was with the slightly runny egg yolk. One of my all time favorite dishes. Delicious.

Humane Foie Gras and Cherry Blossom Parfait, Barley, Sea Beans and Shizo

The Foie Gras “Parfait” was good; not the best foie gras I’ve had, but what made this dish was the wine pairing. The Sommelier paired this with Tokaji Aszú, Királyudvar “6 Puttonyos”, Hungary 2003. This sweet dessert wine and the richness of this dish go superbly. This wine rocked my world. It was amazing.

Wild Black Bass with Pea Sprouts and Asparagus, Lemon Verbena

Sonoma County Duck with Kujo Negi, Myogi and Aged Bamboo Rice, Ponzu

The duck was incredible. I loved the finishing touch of seasoning on the edge of the knife and the aged bamboo rice was perfect accompaniment. The Pinot Noir, Salinia “W.E. Bottoms, Sonoma Coast 2007 paired nicely with this dish. I could have had this dish all night and been completely satisfied with my meal here.

Seared Beef Cheek with Tonburi, Green and Black Garlic, Lotus Root, Natural Jelly

My Seared Beef Cheek was tender and delicious. The Brunello di Montalcino, Uccelliera “Riserva”, Tuscany 2006 was rich and complex. Mr. M said his beef cheek was a bit tough, but overall the dish was lovely and a nice finish to the savory dishes for the evening.

Artisanal and Farmhouse Cheeses Presented Tableside

Goat Milk Panna Cotta with Rhubarb, Parsley-Lime Ice

The Goat Milk Panna Cotta was a refreshing dessert. The Parsley-Lime ice brought a nice, clean finish and this was a great preparation for the next dessert course.

Yuzu Crémeux, Bergamot Meringue and Cream Cheese Ice Cream

I think I was pretty speechless after my first bite into the Yuzu Crémeux dessert. What a way to end a delicious meal. I was fully prepared to have Mr. M and his brother carry/roll me out of Cyrus. This dessert had everything one can ask for in a light dessert. After 7 courses, I knew I couldn’t handle anything too rich, so this was the perfect ending…

That is, until they brought out the beautiful Mignardises  cart…I died…not one more thing was going to fit in my belly, but I couldn’t resist the delectable assortment of petit fours, chocolates, french macaroons, etc.

Mignardises Cart

After all this, they also sent us home with a delicious pastry for breakfast or a late night snack.


I had a magnificent experience at Cyrus. It was a production, but one that was well thought out and executed. I enjoyed every bite and can’t wait to return.

For more information, check out their website.


One Comment

  1. Katherine wrote:

    Love Cyrus! DId you know they closed? :(

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