I only say Part 1 because I plan to go to Bluestem again in the very near future for their 12 course tasting menu, and so this post is just to whet your appetite for one of my favorite K.C. restaurant experiences.
If you have forgotten, my highest rating goes to a restaurant where I know that whatever I order will be good. This is extremely rare. Bluestem is almost to this level, but I tasted what my Matt ordered and I wouldn't have been able to enjoy a whole plate of rare duck.
I have been to Bluestem repeatedly for the wagyu steak tartare appetizer. I readily ordered this last Tuesday as well, not realizing that one does not go to Bluestem for dinner and order an appetizer in the bar first.
This is a damn fancy restaurant! One chooses from a 3 course, 5 course, 7 or 12 course menu when dining at Bluestem.
In spite of the heavenly appetizer I'd just ingested, I went for the following three magnificent courses.
1. Chawanmushi - regardless of whatever else was offered, I had to try this. It's a traditional Japanese dish that I have never had outside of Japan. It is a savory egg custard with whatever the chef wants to put in it. The texture and manner of presentation were odd but the taste was delicious.
Ah, Bluestem. One wonders how Kansas City got so lucky to have you.
I can not wait for the 12 course tasting. If anyone wants to join me, let me know.