Extreme Dining: Postmodern Cuisine


Since we are still in the holiday season, let me take off my SharePoint and Project Management hat for now and allow me to share my passion for wining and dining in my first gastronomic delight post.
Since we are still in the holiday season, let me take off my SharePoint and Project Management hat for now and allow me to share my passion for wining and dining in my first gastronomic delight post.

As some of you know, I go out of my way to try out the latest and greatest culinary treat available. I had the opportunity to indulge myself in two of a handful of restaurants in the world that serves postmodern cuisine.

If you are not familiar with postmodern cuisine, imagine having the menu printed on a flatbread, perhaps start off dinner with egg drop soup where the egg had been dipped in liquid nitrogen and for the main course, have pan seared monk fish topped with caramelized popcorn sauce.

Postmodern cuisine, aka “Cutting Edge cuisine”, aka “Avante Garde cuisine”, aka “Molecular Gastornomy“, is inspired by classical and traditional cooking fused with various scientific processes. This culinary discipline was established in Spain with Ferrán Adrià of El Bulli leading the movement.

About three years ago, I had dinner at Moto in Chicago. Here’s a rundown of what I remember having that evening:

* Menu printed on a flatbread
* Yin-Yang pizza and ceasar’s salad soup
* Pan-seared monk fished topped with caramelized popcorn sauce
* Fajita like meat topped with salsa flavored corn
* On-demand flash frozen donut forms

Check out some photos of Moto’s unique dishes. Also, here’s a great review of Moto.

Cafe Atlantico in Washington DC is another restaurant that I was able to try. I went there on a Saturday for their “Latino Dimsum” brunch. It was a treat to have Latino cuisine fused and served with an Asian flair to it.

Here are some more photos of the extraordinary food that they serve.

Have you been to similar restraurants? If you haven’t would you be up for trying anything like this? What do you recommend I try out next?

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