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(Chicago Reader)   Vegan restaurant's $225 tasting menu wows humble vegetarian with 22 courses over three-plus hours. "It was apparent that vegetables (and, in this instance, fungi) were killing it in the lead role. It's just a bigger-budget film than what I prefer"   (chicagoreader.com) divider line 70
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2013-06-12 02:40:54 PM  
What a waste of money.
 
2013-06-12 02:41:41 PM  
That sounds like the most pretentious meal in history.
 
2013-06-12 02:43:11 PM  
I did this menu (though early on a weeknight), so the whole thing was $90/person for the food - the wine pairings probably doubled that though.

It really was spectacular, and if you hadn't been told it was vegan and introduced to each course I don't know if you would have noticed the lack of meat.

That said, after the meal my boyfriend's Iowa-raised father demanded we get a table at The Office next door (under The Aviary) so we could get an iberico ham volcano to round out the meal.
 
2013-06-12 02:43:19 PM  
*Scoff*. No mention of whether it's all organic and macrobiotic. Might as well be licking the underside of a Burger King dumpster.
 
2013-06-12 02:43:19 PM  
Dear Vegans:

www.deliciousfood4u.com

This is food, it ate what you ate and look how it worked out for them.
 
2013-06-12 02:43:36 PM  
22 courses for $225 isn't terrible, but  22 vegetarian courses for $225 is.
 
2013-06-12 02:48:07 PM  
Let the vegetarian farting commence.
 
2013-06-12 02:49:12 PM  
I've heard the screams of the vegetables.
 
2013-06-12 02:49:15 PM  
For 200 bucks and up I expect lobsters stuffed with tacos.
 
2013-06-12 02:49:58 PM  
Paying $225 for a salad isn't normal.

But, on smug it is.
 
2013-06-12 02:50:25 PM  
Yum, fermented apples and reindeer lichen.  Sounds like a nice way to recreate what the deer get to eat in my backyard for free.
 
2013-06-12 02:51:33 PM  
Vegan food can certainly be delicious, but if I ever do a tasting menu that lacks a cheese course, I'm going to set the building on fire.
 
2013-06-12 02:52:27 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: Dear Vegans:

[www.deliciousfood4u.com image 500x375]

This is food, it ate what you ate and look how it worked out for them.


So what you are saying is that vegans are delicious? I can't wait for Soylent vegan.
 
2013-06-12 02:53:05 PM  

Tom_Slick: I've heard the screams of the vegetables.


Preach it, Brother Maynard! (Don't even have to click to know)
 
2013-06-12 02:53:17 PM  

Egoy3k: Representative of the unwashed masses: Dear Vegans:

[www.deliciousfood4u.com image 500x375]

This is food, it ate what you ate and look how it worked out for them.

So what you are saying is that vegans are delicious? I can't wait for Soylent vegan.


We do need to find one that we can use for a tasting...
 
2013-06-12 02:53:34 PM  
The opener, a burned avocado puree, was served on a rock the size of a small child's head and was meant to be scraped off with thin, crackerlike pieces of flatbread scattered within the decorative treelike arrangment on the table.

And this is when I flipped the table over.
 
2013-06-12 02:55:27 PM  
Eating an herbivore is kind of a vegan meal, right?
 
2013-06-12 02:55:52 PM  
Next employs an impressive cast of theatrical pros who explain each dish with subtle dramatic gestures and pristine articulation

Because every one of these people came to NY hoping to become a star, and now they're all waiters.
 
2013-06-12 02:58:40 PM  
So I stopped at the 5th paragraph because I still hadn't gotten any info about the actual food. Did I miss anything?

/The stuff in the picture isn't food
//It is what is left after food has been prepared
 
2013-06-12 03:01:12 PM  
You could power Mahnhattan for 1 year on the amount of intestinal gas is going to be produced by this meal
 
2013-06-12 03:01:27 PM  

what_now: Next employs an impressive cast of theatrical pros who explain each dish with subtle dramatic gestures and pristine articulation


I'm picturing a vegan meal served by mimes, and if I was there, I'd ask if I could fast-forward to the Drano cocktails.
 
2013-06-12 03:06:37 PM  
The early courses also featured a spongy nori dumpling and a leek and banana globule served on a tree branch,

I HAD SUSHI AND CHILLED CUCUMBER SOUP FOR LUNCH AND I THINK YOU ARE A DOUCHE!!!
 
2013-06-12 03:08:24 PM  

DerAppie: So I stopped at the 5th paragraph because I still hadn't gotten any info about the actual food. Did I miss anything?


The article is about a vegan restaurant. It has absolutely nothing to do with food.
 
2013-06-12 03:10:34 PM  
I would rather eat at Olive Garden than deal with this pretentious douchery. The producers of Portlandia read this article and said, "...that's going too far."
 
2013-06-12 03:11:43 PM  

WhippingBoy: The article is about a vegan restaurant. It has absolutely nothing to do with food.


The restaurant, Next, isn't vegan.  At all.  The meal they are currently serving is vegan because that's the meal they're currently exploring.

The meal before this one was "The Hunt" where the tables were topped by baby bambi hides and I was served elk jerky and squab brains - nothing on that menu was remotely vegan.  Before that, I believe, was Kyoto, which was a Japanese meal (that was truly extraordinary) and Sicily (which had the best swordfish dish I've ever had).

They do three menus per year, and they're all amazing.  it's an experience to have, for sure, if you can afford to do it.
 
2013-06-12 03:13:10 PM  

what_now: I would rather eat at Olive Garden than deal with this pretentious douchery.


Wait...wait...let's not say things in the heat of the moment we can't take back
 
2013-06-12 03:14:21 PM  

DerAppie: So I stopped at the 5th paragraph because I still hadn't gotten any info about the actual food. Did I miss anything?

/The stuff in the picture isn't food
//It is what is left after food has been prepared


I don't think you missed anything.  Granted I kind of skimmed some parts in there where I got bored, but I still don't understand exactly what the hell he's trying to say was wrong with the meal.  He liked it, but it was a bigger-budget film than he's used to?  What the fark does that mean in relation to food?  Too rich?  Too expensive?  Too fancy?  Too Michael Bay?  I really couldn't say.
 
2013-06-12 03:14:42 PM  

BunkoSquad: what_now: I would rather eat at Olive Garden than deal with this pretentious douchery.

Wait...wait...let's not say things in the heat of the moment we can't take back


I'm saying if it were "olive garden, this horseshiat, or no food", I would choose Olive Garden.
 
2013-06-12 03:18:49 PM  

what_now: I'm saying if it were "olive garden, this horseshiat, or no food", I would choose Olive Garden.


I think I'd go with actual horseshiat, provided it were served in the standard Locos Taco shell.
 
2013-06-12 03:22:47 PM  
Just watched Grandma's Boy the other night and the article reminded me of this scene.

NSFW language
 
2013-06-12 03:24:04 PM  
Friend of mine (who's a vegan) had her wedding reception in a vegan restaurant, where we were fed the chef's tasting menu.

It was spectacular. Like one of the best meals I've ever eaten. I think the 'chef's tasting menu' part was a more significant factor than the 'vegan' part.
 
2013-06-12 03:24:29 PM  
Jesus, so much f*cking pretentious crap. I almost expected to see "filet of tree bark, glazed with Swarovski crystals and seasoned with eel farts" on there.
 
2013-06-12 03:26:03 PM  

costermonger: Friend of mine (who's a vegan) had her wedding reception in a vegan restaurant, where we were fed the chef's tasting menu.

It was spectacular. Like one of the best meals I've ever eaten. I think the 'chef's tasting menu' part was a more significant factor than the 'vegan' part.


Sure- look a tasting menu is often fantastic. I'd happily eat a vegan tasting menu. But if you served it to me via interpretive dance and I had to scrape my food off a rock, I'm going to lose my shiat.
 
2013-06-12 03:34:07 PM  

what_now: Sure- look a tasting menu is often fantastic. I'd happily eat a vegan tasting menu. But if you served it to me via interpretive dance and I had to scrape my food off a rock, I'm going to lose my shiat.


No disagreement there. There might have been stuff in there that was scrapped off a rock, but it was served on a plate and with booze. Which is about all I require.
 
2013-06-12 03:35:21 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: Jesus, so much f*cking pretentious crap. I almost expected to see "filet of tree bark, glazed with Swarovski crystals and seasoned with eel farts" on there.


Eel farts are not vegan.
 
2013-06-12 03:38:09 PM  

what_now: costermonger: Friend of mine (who's a vegan) had her wedding reception in a vegan restaurant, where we were fed the chef's tasting menu.

It was spectacular. Like one of the best meals I've ever eaten. I think the 'chef's tasting menu' part was a more significant factor than the 'vegan' part.

Sure- look a tasting menu is often fantastic. I'd happily eat a vegan tasting menu. But if you served it to me via interpretive dance and I had to scrape my food off a rock, I'm going to lose my shiat.


Slate is a perfectly acceptable plate.  No dance though.

I've had probably a hundred tasting  menus, chef's tastings, omakase etc.  Some are magical, some are okay.  Some are awful.  Wylie Dufresne's WD-50 was atrocious.  I've had molecular gastronomy.  When done well and in balance with natural ingredients, it can be exquisite.  He used it with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

I've cut 90% of the meat out of my diet for health and some ethical reasons.  Cuisines from warm climates are the obvious ones to go to for vegetarian or vegan meals for several reasons, not the least of which is their liberal use of spices.  I still live for good cheese.  That said, I'd totally hit this vegan tasting.
 
2013-06-12 03:40:51 PM  

Abner Doon: I don't think you missed anything.  Granted I kind of skimmed some parts in there where I got bored, but I still don't understand exactly what the hell he's trying to say was wrong with the meal.  He liked it, but it was a bigger-budget film than he's used to?  What the fark does that mean in relation to food?  Too rich?  Too expensive?  Too fancy?  Too Michael Bay? I really couldn't say.


Make the Michael Bay meal happen.  It will be a pile of exploding meat glory!
 
2013-06-12 03:43:58 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: Jesus, so much f*cking pretentious crap. I almost expected to see "filet of tree bark, glazed with Swarovski crystals and seasoned with eel farts" on there.


Close: " a leek and banana globule served on a tree branch "
 
2013-06-12 03:50:10 PM  

ArgusRun: Wylie Dufresne's WD-50 was atrocious.  I've had molecular gastronomy.  When done well and in balance with natural ingredients, it can be exquisite.  He used it with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.


THIS. I don't get why so many critics line up to suck his dick. Who wants to eat egg yolk that's been soaked in chemicals to form it into a sphere, or Hollandaise loaded with enough stabilizers to form it into cube? What was wrong with Eggs Benedict as it was? And there are some foods that should NEVER be made into ice cream or foam.
 
2013-06-12 03:57:07 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: Jesus, so much f*cking pretentious crap. I almost expected to see "filet of tree bark, glazed with Swarovski crystals and seasoned with eel farts" on there.


How would you get the farts to stay on the plate?
 
2013-06-12 03:58:54 PM  
I wouldn't eat this, but I don't see a reason to condemn it either. This sort of dining is about the experience and presentation, not about filling your stomach. This thread is like complaining that a Broadway show lacked sufficient plane crashes and CGI. It's not a movie. This isn't a meal. It's a show.
 
2013-06-12 04:00:42 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: ArgusRun: Wylie Dufresne's WD-50 was atrocious.  I've had molecular gastronomy.  When done well and in balance with natural ingredients, it can be exquisite.  He used it with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

THIS. I don't get why so many critics line up to suck his dick. Who wants to eat egg yolk that's been soaked in chemicals to form it into a sphere, or Hollandaise loaded with enough stabilizers to form it into cube? What was wrong with Eggs Benedict as it was? And there are some foods that should NEVER be made into ice cream or foam.


It's food! In unusual shapes!

/don't get it either
 
2013-06-12 04:08:17 PM  

Freudian_slipknot: I did this menu (though early on a weeknight), so the whole thing was $90/person for the food - the wine pairings probably doubled that though.

It really was spectacular, and if you hadn't been told it was vegan and introduced to each course I don't know if you would have noticed the lack of meat.

That said, after the meal my boyfriend's Iowa-raised father demanded we get a table at The Office next door (under The Aviary) so we could get an iberico ham volcano to round out the meal.


Ham volcano?

Go on...
 
2013-06-12 04:08:54 PM  
Probably for the same reason people like cars that can go faster than practical, or pointless games where you throw balls and tackle people for arbitrary reasons. Nothing is wrong with Eggs Benedict as it was, just as nothing is wrong with making it in strange and wonky ways just because that's your passion.

Some people like to mess around with food. Some people like sports, or fast cars, or movies, or whatever the interest is. You don't have to understand why they like it to understand something is liked. I'll never get people who watch Golf, but I get that there are a lot of people who do and enjoy it. To each their own.
 
2013-06-12 04:09:08 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: ArgusRun: Wylie Dufresne's WD-50 was atrocious.  I've had molecular gastronomy.  When done well and in balance with natural ingredients, it can be exquisite.  He used it with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

THIS. I don't get why so many critics line up to suck his dick. Who wants to eat egg yolk that's been soaked in chemicals to form it into a sphere, or Hollandaise loaded with enough stabilizers to form it into cube? What was wrong with Eggs Benedict as it was? And there are some foods that should NEVER be made into ice cream or foam.


He was going to be America's answer to Ferran Adria.  What the critics forget (maybe because they eat for a living, so anything new is instantly refreshing) is that it has to taste good.  If you are going to go nuts with new techniques, it has to be exceptionally tasty.  That cube of hollandaise better be the best tasting hollandaise you ever had.  His pizza pebbles tasted like the filling in Combos pretzels.

New techniques should complement the dish and the ingredients, not be the entire dish.

The frozen shaved fois gras at Momofuku ko is a good example.  It's a snowstorm of tasty fat.  But it improves the ingredient which is almost too rich, too fatty.  Tiny melting shavings with lychee showcases it's best qualities, rich, creamy, fatty, while eliminating it's worst qualities.
 
2013-06-12 04:17:27 PM  

Fano: Tom_Slick: I've heard the screams of the vegetables.

Preach it, Brother Maynard! (Don't even have to click to know)


Close, but no cigar. It's a song closer to to Maynard's work with Green Jellö than Tool...
 
2013-06-12 04:17:43 PM  
Im gonna go home, chop the head off one of my chickens in the back yard, clean it, skin it, and throw it on the farkin grill cause i aint no biatch ass plant only eatin vagina hater
 
2013-06-12 04:23:38 PM  

JollyMagistrate: Probably for the same reason people like cars that can go faster than practical, or pointless games where you throw balls and tackle people for arbitrary reasons. Nothing is wrong with Eggs Benedict as it was, just as nothing is wrong with making it in strange and wonky ways just because that's your passion.

Some people like to mess around with food. Some people like sports, or fast cars, or movies, or whatever the interest is. You don't have to understand why they like it to understand something is liked. I'll never get people who watch Golf, but I get that there are a lot of people who do and enjoy it. To each their own.


I don't like watching sports or playing sports video games I prefer to play sports, except for two, golf and curling. I enjoy playing both but I freaking love watching them on TV. I have no idea why and even I will admit that it makes no sense.

/I also watch Hockey playoffs
//but I live in Canada so it's pretty much cumpulsory
 
2013-06-12 04:24:50 PM  
Where are all the smug vegans?
 
2013-06-12 04:26:56 PM  

mistrmind: Where are all the smug vegans?


The bathroom, of course.
 
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