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"Surprise me!"

Warthog | Mar 30, 2006 02:34 PM

Other than the late, lamented, Soigne, I've not heard much about tasing menus, omakase, other other such in this area. Yes, I know there's a booming "small plates" trend in B-more, but I'm particularly interested in situations where it's not me designing my meal, but rather me letting a creative chef present the best of the avaialable ingredients that particular night in a meal that's both interesting and harmonious.

As an example of what I'm talking about, many people like to take a group to Asian restaurants (particularly Chinese), order a bunch of things, and then share. Few people, however, end up with a really well-balanced range of flavors, ingredients and preparations - an art form that the best Chinese chefs seem to have a wonderful knack for. In other words, it's not just a collection of interesting dishes, it's also a creative and coherent whole - a culinary symphony made up of individual movements that all work together, rather than merely being dazzling, but incompatible.

Are there any places where one could tell the waiter to have the chef create such a meal - whether it's an "official" option such as a tasting menu, a "special" omakase-type thing, or just a place where the waitstaff and kitchen are able to rise to the opportunity to trut their stuff, and perhaps even have fun doing so?

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