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Do you enjoy "deconstructed dishes"?

ipsedixit | Nov 12, 200908:21 PM

And if you do, what's the appeal?

I recently had a deconstructed mole dish. The mole sauce was deconstructed, supposedly, into its component parts -- little pools of red, green, yellow and black puddles -- that are meant to be mixed together.

Now, the dish made for interesting visual appeal, but I was sort of ambivalent about the actual taste appeal of the dish -- or even the idea behind it.

What is it about deconstructing the dish and then asking the diner to, for lack of a better word, reconstruct it that makes a particular dish better or more appealing than just serving the dish without first deconstructing it?

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