Last week I was invited to the preview of Chef Jeff Ramsey's guest appearance at the Oberoi Dubai. Now if you follow me you know I have a special place in my heart for this hotel and their team: they are sharp, professional and so welcoming they instantly make you feel at home. I love their energy and Chef Dirk Haltenhof stories! This time, the surprise was a molecular dinner. Perfect timing for smoke and needles in the kitchen with Halloween around the corner.
Chef Haltenhof is spoiling Dubai by inviting his good friend Michelin-starred Chef Jeff Ramsey for one week only. Chef Ramsey defines himself as a culinary engineer, his personal story and experience with the greatest chefs gave him sharp and strong cooking skills he likes to challenge on a daily basis, adding elements of comfort, family, tradition, warmth, conviviality, modernity, and chemistry, resulting in a very special experience. The tasting menu consists of 25 creative dishes. It sounds like a lot of food but it's absolutely manageable, firstly because it's obviously small bites, like tapas, secondly because the surprise element keeps you going. Molecular cuisine is like reading a new book: you know how to read, you know how to eat, but somehow, the story takes you to a place you haven't been before (that is if you know how to pick your books but that's an other subject). Well this time, Chef Ramsey' magic and imagination took me to Japan, the cinema, France, Summer... and I loved this story from the first page to the last word. The very last dish actually altered my palate for the following 2 hours. Literally changed my perception of taste.
He will be performing at the Umai, the Oberoi Dubai until the 8th November so if you are in for a 25 courses creative feist (AED 350/person), I can't encourage you enough to try Chef Ramsey's cuisine!
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Raspberry drops in the making.
Caramel corn... Nitro poached corn mousse wrapped up in crispy caramel. A pop corn explosion.
3 chefs in a kitchen = a lot of fun.
Truffle truffle: chocolate truffle rolled up in a mix of black bread crumbs and black truffle. First you feel the strong chocolate taste, then the truffle follows and stays. Undeniably my favourite.
And the desert that temporary changed palate and deceived my taste buds... All I can say is that I was able to bite these citrus fruits without making a face.