The Colorfood Festival’s “red” dish, which involved tuna served three ways..
(photo credit: AFIK GABAI)
Have you ever wanted to eat green? What about red? Or perhaps an artist’s palette.
The new Colorfood Festival at the David Intercontinental Hotel asks – and answers – just those questions. The special four-course meal at the hotel’s Aubergine restaurant – running just through August 31 – is inspired by photos taken by Dan Lev.
Lev, along with project cofounder Ilit Engel and the hotel’s head chef Alon Hirtenstein, worked to turn the images into edible – kosher – art.
Starting with bread served with black olive tapenade and garlic dill cream – which the hotel would like to call a course, but which, let’s be real, isn’t – each dish is a culinary romp through the rainbow.
The next dish served up is “red,” which involves tuna served three ways – sashimi, tartare and seared, dotted with appropriately-hued touches of watermelon, peppers and tomato. Next up is yellow – sea bass with coconut curry sauce; yellow carrot and saffron risotto, pineapple and a tapioca tulle.
That was followed by green, which meant a pistachio- crusted goose breast (served on the rare side), with a delicious creamed spinach and pea sauce.
Dessert was just called “Picasso,” and was a gorgeously presented but somewhat odd collection of banana panna cotta, meringues, coulis and praline creams.
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Just outside the restaurant are side by side images of the photos which provided inspiration and the dishes subsequently created – from both the evening’s menu and Lev’s past projects. Lev has presented the Colorfood exhibit – side by side images of dishes and art inspiration – in Milan, Marseille, Denmark and Vietnam.
The Colorfood venture is the latest in a line of special events hosted in Aubergine, designed to presumably bring in guests and charge sky-high prices for dinner, in this case NIS 320 per person.
Most recently they hosted A Taste of Michelin, where three European chefs took over the Aubergine kitchen for three weeks, creating a menu that was NIS 340 per person (including three glasses of wine).
Everything at the Colorfood dinner was tasty, artfully arranged and thoughtful.
I still would have cleaned my plate after every course even if I’d skipped the exhibit outside and gone straight for the food. But the gimmick is cute, and a way to feel like you received both a museum tour and a full meal for your considerable entry price.The writer was a guest of the restaurant's.
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