Saturday, July 30, 2005
SQ Raffles Class Dinner - Alfred Portale (again)
Looks like Gotham Bar & Grill's Alfred Portale is the featured chef again on Singapore Airlines tonight. First off was "Maine lobster with olives and mesclun served with pesto-sundried tomato dressing," which looked pretty darned impressive with its whole lobster claw. But taste-wise, I wasn't a huge fan, partially because I am not a huge lobster fan, but also because the dressing was very bland.
The main course was a "Pan-fried Muscovy duck breast with jus, wild rice stew with shiitake mushroom, dried cranberry and walnut," which I also wasn't a huge fan of. I love duck, but I could hardly taste the duck in this (it tasted more like chicken). I also hate walnuts. I've realized that chichi food like this is always interesting as the chef is trying to show off at how he can use a variety of unconventional ingredients in a creative manner (and respectfully so), but this more often than not also creates a taste that could be better done with traditional ingredients (like Thomas Keller's "World's Greatest Sandwich" featuring simply bacon, eggs, and cheese - but prepared in a different manner). I haven't been too impressed with Mr. Portale's food on this trip, admittedly. I probably won't go out of my way to hit the Gotham Bar & Grill in NY then, although hopefully the food on the ground there is better than it is here in mid-air.
Finally, this has nothing to do with food, but I found it interesting to see this map on the in-flight display screen since it's not a perspective of the world that one commonly sees. The view out of the window was even more interesting as one could see the cracks and textures in the North Pole ocean ice 35,000 feet below.
Digested at 2:17 AM
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