9/2/18 – Seoul – Soigne

The last dinner of a whirlwind trip to Seoul was really quite good. The theme of the menu was “Stamina Food” which reflects the Korean philosophy of food in the sense that it is not nearly a means of indulging in the pleasure of eating but as medicine for protecting and recovering one’s health. The very detailed dish descriptions provided described how each dish was chosen and how it was cooked. Very thoughtful even if too long to post here.












9/1/18 – Seoul – Mosu

In 2017 Sung Anh moved Mosu from San Francisco to Seoul. It is definitely Korea’s gain as this was an absolutely lovely dinner with fantastic service and delicious dishes, especially the abalone “taco.”

burdock bark

small bites






sea perch, white kelp, habanero

mackerel, pine cone, grilled carrot

black truffle, hog fennel, rice

short rib, shiitake, shaoxing wine

quail, ground cherry, pearl onion

black raspberry, kombu, almond

caramelized milk, amaranth, cognac

Costa Mesa & LA – 8/18/18 – Taco Maria & Vespertine

Taco Maria
The pork belly taco was the best taco I have had anywhere.

Paloma

Aguachile – Hokkaido scallop, cucumber, jalapeno, avocado, cilantro oil

Arrachera – hanger steak, roasted chilis, applewood bacon, queso
Tocino – pork belly, piloncillo glaze, plums, salsa de aguacate

Vespertine
I’m still not quite sure what I think about Vespertine. The building is fantastic. Photos really do not do it justice as you need to see it within its neighborhood. I loved the outdoor space where we started and finished as well as the rooftop. But the dining room just felt odd and dark and cold and the music was mind numbing. I can’t say that any of the dishes were memorable but were all just good. At the very least it makes you think.

V E S P E R T I N E – Menu – 08.18.18


Copenhagen – 7/7/18 – Sanchez & 108

Sanchez
A lovely bike ride to a lovely brunch at Sanchez.


tuna tostada

rice bowl – eggs, avocado, kale with spicy mocha salsa

108
A great last meal in Copenhagen.  Beautiful and vibrant dishes that I have come to expect in this city ending with a surprising and great combination of ice cream and caviar.


green peas with last year’s ceps

greens and herbs from kroger up with roasted seaweed

lobster claw with white currants

marinated courgettes with smoked egg yolks

raw grilled lobster tail with summer flowers

grilled quail with beetroot and spices

raspberries from Rokkedyssegaard with hazelnut milk

raise kombu ice cream with royal belgian caviar

Copenhagen – 7/6/18 – Noma

It was definitely a weird experience to be at the new Noma. But it was perfect and still feels like Noma. After so much anticipation it went far far too quickly and was all a bit of a blur. Going back through my photos and the menu it seems that some dishes were out of order so after so many month I have given up on a few of the descriptions.


potato magma

nasturtium tart, sea buckthorn and blackcurrant butterfly

seasonal pickles

just cooked peas with whipped cream

berries and lava beans


umami flatbread

marigold flowers with a whisky egg-nog

shawarma of celeriac and truffle

caramelized milk and cheese

pumpkin seed curd and grilled roses

shawarma

artichokes

berries and cream

mold pancake

rose scented terracotta