Continuing a New Tradition: Rosh Hashana Dinner at Toqueville

Last year, we celebrated the first night of Rosh Hashana by going to Tocqueville, one of our favorite restaurants, for their special Rosh Hashana dinner. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to make it a new tradition, and so we did it again this year.

Rosh Hashana fell this year the earliest it can ever be on the Jewish calendar, which meant Erev Rosh Hashana was on September 4th!  This also meant that the special menu included wild Coho and Copper River Salmon and heirloom tomatoes which would have been out of season had it been much later in the month.

First to be brought to the table were the traditional Round Challah and Greenmarket Apple Slices with Honey,

Homemade Challah

Greenmarket Apples and Honey

There was, as always when dining at Tocqueville, an amuse: Chickpeas, Watermelon, and Goat Cheese.


Then, on to the main 3-course meal….

For the first course, Michael and Louis chose the Smoked Arctic Char, Salmon Roe, Cucumber Consommé, and Shaved Greenmarket Vegetables while Jen and I selected the Creamless Cauliflower Soup, Marcona Almonds and Caramelized Endive.

House Smoked Arctic Char

Creamless Cauliflower Soup

For the main course, Michael had Dry-Aged Prime Sirloin of Beef and Braised Beef Cheek Duo, Potato Rosti, Smoked Onion Soubise, Spring Vegetables, and Red Wine Jus;

Dry-Aged Prime Sirloin of Beef and Braised Beef Cheek Duo

Louis had Pan Roasted Sockeye Salmon, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Pine Nuts, and Basil Emulsion;

Pan Roasted Wild Sockeye Salmon

And Jen and I had Schmaltz Roasted Chicken, Panzanella Salad, Arugula, and Balsamic Reduction.

Schmaltz Roasted Chicken

When it came time for dessert, Louis had the Chocolate Soufflé with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (the soufflé being to his delight gluten-free). Michael, Jen, and I had the other of the two options, an Apple Almond Galette with Acacia Honey Ice Cream.

Warm Chocolate Soufflé

Apple Almond Galette

Dinner at Tocqueville always ends with mignardises.


I really like this new tradition a lot! Delicious food — and no work for me!

To see all the photos of this Rosh Hashana dinner, click here.

L’Shana Tova!


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