Hi there! I hope that my blog will be interesting, pithy, and worth a look. I will comment on films, restaurants, movies, show you pictures from my new DSLR, rant about politics, and try to provoke comments.
Let us start with a question. Where do you stand on molecular gastronomy? I have some thoughts on the subject. Is the drive to a multi-course one or two bites per course meal driven by profits or culinary “push the envelope?” No, I haven’t been to Alinea yet, so I can’t comment on Grant Achatz’s cooking, but I can comment on Graham Eliot. Last year we went (my wife, my son, and I) and had a 10 course degustation at $125.00 each (all have to order the same or the timing of presentation is off). The overall quality of the meal was excellent, but if I went again, I would order appetizer and entree from the other side of the menu, and would be happier. Even though the quality of the ingredients were quite excellent, if you divide the cost per pound by the number of grams in each bite provided on the plate, there must be a large profit potential even figuring the artistry of the presentation. Besides, some of the courses were much less memorable than others. Foam might be chic, but it is too ephemeral. With a multi-course degustation, you have no input into what you eat, and are at the chef’s discretion. Now, sometimes that can be good, and sometimes (like the last time we ate at Charlie Trotter’s) it can be BAD!
So, should I spend $190.00 per person at Alinea? I think I still might have to try it.