Monday, May 14, 2012

Stupid food

As I've said in a couple of earlier posts, we enjoyed some excellent food in Dubai last month.

One meal that stood out - for the wrong reasons - was at Rococo at the Sofitel on The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence.

First thing is that it claims to be an Italian restaurant, but you'll be disappointed if you go there expecting Italian food. 

The meal starts off well with excellent hot fresh-baked bread served with olive oil & balsamic vinegar.


The problem comes with the main courses.  The quality and cooking of the meat couldn't be faulted but the presentation spoilt the whole meal.

Trendy presentation these days for so-called fine dining restaurants is 'deconstructed' food, not something I've ever agreed with even when it's done as it's supposed to be. But, like the  'fusion'  style, so many chefs simply don't understand it.

Here are the two main courses we had.

Mrs Seabee ordered roast duck (I forget what the menu said it came with) and mashed potatoes.


The mashed potatoes are those two arty swirls smeared either side of the meat. A tiny portion of course and being presented that way was cold by the time it reached the table.

My main course was crispy pork belly with various vegetables.


The potatoes are that circular blob at top left, the little cubes and the smeared swirl were mysterious, tasteless, and cold, vegetables.

 Preparing a good meal is fairly simple stuff.  It's the combination of tastes and textures. The ingredients need to work together. If it's hot food it needs to be served hot. It needs to look appetising on the plate.

Far too many chefs, in the rush to ride the latest trend, forget the basics of a good meal.



There are a couple of earlier examples of stupid food on my Life in Dubai blog, here  and  here.


1 comment:

Keefieboy said...

Amazing! Stupendous! Betcha went to a chippy afterwars from some real food.