Another cool idea for the Crucial Details peacocks that Chef K threw out one day... taste 5, or an exploration of the main five tastes which may be manifested into infinite possibilities. The guest is requested to think about how the mouth 'feels' each one as they eat it. A truly amusing amuse.
bitter (ham dusted bittermelon), sour (lemon and lime meringues), salty (smoked sea salt popcorn), sweet (carrot with honey crystals), umami (grilled mushroom with koji aji)
See, the thing about peacocks is... they're very difficult to photograph no matter what angle you shoot from. The coolness factor just doesn't translate well to film... uh, digital 1's and 0's.
Busy run in our restaurant last night. 181 covers. For independent restaurants, that may not sound excessive, but for a kitchen handling multiple outlets, it's pretty intense. Everyone had to shake off some rust. Thanksgiving is such a fiasco. Why do I have so many crazy memories of 'b' to the 'w' Thanksgiving services in different kitchens... those days that leave your head spinning once it's over wondering how in high holy hell did we ever pull that off when realistically there was definitely not enough food to go around? How fast can you make something out of nothing? Most kitchens have a Jesus, but usually they're from Mexico and are not necessarily known for working miracles. Thank goodness last night was not that extreme. We're getting too old for that anyway.