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January 31st, 2007

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11:49 pm
Edward took me out to dinner at Vong tonight. I'd been very interested in trying out the food Jean-Georges Vongerichten serves there, having heard about the restaurant for quite a while, although I hadn't gotten around to dining there before now.

The decor was nice, in a warm palette of reddish browns, gold and beige with Asian-influenced accents, in keeping with the Asian fusion cuisine served there.

We started off with some tuna tartare in a ginger soy sauce and some largish rice crackers we had with a creamy peanut sauce. Then I had a sweet and sour fish soup with pineapple and tomato while Edward had a crab, pomelo and noodle salad. (I kept snagging bits of it because it was so tasty!)

We both had the same entree -- salmon served on a piece of bread in a spiced lemongrass, fenugreek and pumpkin seed broth. For dessert, he ordered the cardamom panna cotta with pineapple and Thai basil sorbet while I chose the sorbet trio -- passionfruit, grapefruit and cassis. I liked his panna cotta quite a bit, as well as his basil sorbet, but he liked my dessert quite a bit too and kept on sneaking spoonfuls of the cassis sorbet, so we ended up even, overall. The cassis was my favorite too, although I thought the basil sorbet was interesting -- basil is not a flavour one normally associates with a dessert course, after all!

The dessert at Vong had been nice, but really hadn't satisfied the sweet-tooth of either of us so as we walked back to his apartment we decided to stop along the way at our favorite cupcake shop, where Edward had a slice of German chocolate cake and I had some lemon layer cake and a glass of milk. The lemon frosting was a very nice buttercream, both tart and sweet without being cloying and you could taste the butter in it -- yum!

We watched the finale of the second season of "Top Chef" on TV while digesting our meal -- it seemed a fitting show to watch to round off the evening and there really wasn't anything else on the tube I found interesting. (Plus I'm always interested in food porn, anyway.) I hadn't seen the program before but I enjoyed it -- I liked the fellow who ended up not winning though. Marcel Vigneron seemed to have more interesting food ideas than the eventual winner, Ilan Hall. (He had a more interesting hairstyle as well!) If I had to choose between the menus of these two myself, based on what I saw during the two hours of the show finale, I'd likely pick Vigneron, since his choices seemed to be more creative and innovative and he also had very nice presentations. Of course, I can't taste those menus, so I might have ended up agreeing with the judges in the end, but Marcel's food certainly sounded more interesting and appetizing from the description and what I saw of the preparation of it, as well as looking at the recipes on the show website. I don't know if I'll ever get a chance to eat the food of either of these two chefs in person, but if I had to choose, as of now I'd go with Marcel's offerings.
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Date:February 3rd, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
I was a big fan of the show. Marcel butted heads with everyone on the show. Most fans hated him, but I didn't care one way or the other. Ilan won bc everything he tried worked, while Marcel tried some vinegar gastro-science thing that failed, even though he did not serve it. Marcel's cooking is still maturing. Ilan's style is where it will go, heavy on the Spanish. Marcel will end up the better chef.
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Date:February 3rd, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
I agree -- Marcel seems like he has room to grow as a chef and will end up the better one in the long run. I for one would love to get a chance to eat some of his cooking. Ilan will likely end up as some kind of a niche player at best, doing the cooking equivalent of a one-note samba.


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