Perched high above Westchester on the 42nd floor of the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains awaits a dining experience unlike any other in our area. Kanopi is a restaurant and event space like that is quite unique. From the ground level of the hotel guests are escorted to a scenic elevator which whisks its occupants to lofty heights. Here breathtaking views and finely crafted food combine to make a memorable evening.
The space at Kanopi (the former 42 The Restaurant) has stunning views of Westchester, the Hudson Valley, Long Island Sound and New York City. There is a lounge, a long narrow dining area with floor to ceiling windows, a much larger event space, and an intimate private dining table inside the kitchen itself. We were seated at a table with a view over Long Island Sound. As dusk approached we witnessed the lights of the shore towns of Long Island illuminate the night. It was quite the setting.
And while the views may be the reason to consider Kanopi, it is the kitchen and its chef, Anthony Goncalves. The diner can expect a very special evening of culinary magic. Chef Goncalves is not just a chef, but a true artist as each dish is carefully prepared and beautifully presented.
Kanopi features a 13 course tasting menu which is available with wine pairing. Chef Goncalves who is from Portugal, has developed a menu of Portuguese and Mediterrean dishes along with Asian influences. At one time Portugal had colonies in Asia including Macau, and the foods and spices of that region are present in the menu.
With 13 courses on the menu, the evening is refined and each course evenly spaced. Each serving is more or less a sample tasting and not a full portion. As we relaxed at our table, each dish was served with artistry as it arrived. It was much like witnessing a well choreographed dance of culinary delights. Each course is presented with different plates, and is unique and beautiful as the panoramic views. It was quite evident the passion for food that is present in the kitchen.
With so many courses, we will discuss a few of our favorites from the evening. The Hamachi is yellow tail tuna, with Monterosa olive oil, a touch of lime and pomelo. Monterosa olive oil is from Portugal is rated one of the finest in the world. A delicious dish.
The Kona Kompachi followed and is a flavorful yet light yellowtail served in with a light brushing of roasted seaweed vinaigrette. The plating of this dish was pure art and was one of our favorites.
The Small Game Tamale was an interesting dish, with chicken wrapped in a banana leaf. Opening the leaf like an envelope allows the aroma of the chicken, raisins and prunes to escape. A fun presentation and delightful course.
The Polvo was a carefully crafted dish and was composed or poached octopus, with a dash of coriander, paprika oil, black olive and pickled serrano chili pepper for that extra boost of flavor. The dish was artfully crafted and the carefully placed garnish appeared as it was growing from the octopus itself.
Served in an Asian style plate, the Robalo was a portion of light and mild sea bass, truffles and served with Osetra caviar. The blending of the mild sea bass with the more flavorful caviar was quite a treat.
Pekin Duck was another interesting dish and a very artistic presentation. The duck was lightly grilled and place on a black plate with a celery root puree that when viewed from above appeared to be two flowers.
Dessert is also included with four samples provided. The Devil Dog was a tasty chocolate concoction but the Fruit Roll-Ups were our favorite. This is not the snack, but rather compressed fruits (including grape and pineapple) which are thinly sliced to produce one of the most fun and creative desserts we have enjoyed in some time.
As the scenic elevator slowly pulled away from the 42nd floor and returned us to the lobby, the magnificent vistas we witnessed remained in our minds. But long after those visions fade, the culinary experience that is Kanopi will linger with us for a long time.
Kanopi (at the Ritz Carlton)
3 Renaissance Square
White Plains New York
website >>> https://www.kanopievents.com
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