MY FIRST MICHELIN STAR DINING EXPERIENCE
I always loved eating since I was a little kid. When I grow up and began to travel on my own, trying out different tastes all over the world became my new hobby. So when my journey to U.S.A. became definite, first thing I did was searching out Michelin Star Restaurants :) As you may know, there are tons of Michelin Star Restaurants in New York City.
First, I tried to book a table for 3 Michelin Star Restaurants but it was almost impossible. When I lowered stars to two, things got little bit easier. And I picked one, which was perfect for my taste; Aquavit which serves Scandinavian Cuisine.
Restaurant is located in the hearth of Manhattan. It was super easy to find. As I walked into the restaurant very simple, wood based décor surprised me. I was expecting something more “Swedish” since the Executive chef Emma Bengtsson is one chic Swedish Lady. I should, she is the only female chef in New York who was awarded 2 Michelin Stars.
Anyway, I ordered Fall Tasting Menu since they don’t offer Chefs tasting menu after 10 pm. It was something like this;
Venison and Vanilla
-Huckleberries, smoked vanilla, juniper crisp
Heirloom Egg and Mushrooms
-Cultivated mushrooms, Danish cheese, consommé
Striped Bass and Salsify
-Salsify, wilted baby kale , pickled violet turnips
Duck and Cauliflower
-Duck confit, chard, black truffle
Pear Cider and Ginger
Fuji Apple and Caramel
-Cardamom panna cotta, compressed apples, goat milk sherbert
What was so impressive and little funny at the same time was, prior to the arrival of every course, waiters came and explained every detail about the course and ingredients… Which made me realize how endless the possibilities in the world of cooking could be… I used to consider myself knowledgeable person about cooking and food but I realized I was just at the beginning of the road :)
After Introductions finally, food arrived and each tasted so different and amazing. I cant say which one was the best since everything was very very unique.
At the end of my supper, they gave me one acceptable bill and a kit to make Sweedish Glögg (Mulled Wine) How Cute is that?
If you ask me if it was worth paying such a big bill, which was months of saving for me, was worth it… I would say YES INDEED… I am a big foodie and it was such a unique experience for me to try all those food cooked in such an artsy way. Every plate looked and tasted like work of art.
Besides, I never felt bad about spending money for pleasure…