When it comes to fine dining, the tasting menu is often king. Unlike a traditional a la carte menu, which offers a wide variety of dishes to order, each priced individually, or a prix fixe menu, which usually includes a few choices per course for a set price, the tasting menu gives the chef complete control over the meal. Typically, it includes several tiny- to medium-sized courses and lasts significantly longer than your average dinner. The whole table is expected to eat the same meal (unless someone has an allergy or dietary restriction).
Tasting menus are known to change often — sometimes dishes are available for one week and never seen again, while others become classics that remain on the menus for years. Some are big splurges, while others are on par with a regular night out. Here are nine of the best.Read More