Although I did not get to meet you in person, Mr Iron Chef, I experienced the most sublime of culinary sensations at your Chelsea restaurant last night and it was quite the orgasmic nosh. An affair I shall never forget. Suffice to say, resistance was beyond futile, and we, my appetite and I, succumbed rather happily to partaking of as many scintillating offerings as the waistline of my Cheetah print skinny jeans would allow. Note to self: wear stretch pants the next time.
I started with a Clam Miso Soup which was completely forgettable. Granted the molluscs were very fresh and the broth, light, but I was expecting something wow from the Iron Chef who brings his own Ice Cube-esque Smoker and creates furniture out of bread.
Next, I had the Kakuni – now we’re talking. AMAZING. Just AMAZING. Morimoto’s take on the traditional Cantonese brekker of congee with braised pork belly was delicious, particularly with those light tendrils of crispy fried Sweet Spud. It wasn’t a WOW moment, it was an OH MY GOD moment. Apparently, the meat is slow braised over very low heat for, get this, 10 whole days.
For my entree, I chose Duck, Duck, Duck, thinking I was in for a treat of an edible ménage à trois, and was terribly, terribly disappointed. It was crispy duck, it was tasty duck, it was moist duck but I could’ve gotten all that from any decent Asian eatery. And the foie gras mousse? Practically nonexistent.
And then dessert arrived, and the sun shone in my world once more. Apple Bread Pudding. Three innocent words for the most incredible sugar trip, ever. The pudding itself was a masterpiece of apple with pineapple, light and fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside. The Green Tea crumble provided just that right amount of bitterness to counter the saccharine levels of the pudding while the creme fraiche was sufficiently laced with brandy to put a smile on this face ~ see the finishing touches of Mango Sorbet as well as a platter of fresh fruits completed the Morimoto gastronomical adventure.
I’ll be going back tomorrow (well, I hope to), to try a fish or lobster dish, I’ll let you know how that works out.
Love, (a very stuffed) Sheela
p/s everything is a tad on the salty side here. Be forewarned.