Alinea Review

As part of the experience, the servers give you an overview of the course, along with any necessary instructions on how to eat it.  It seems weird to get instructions about eating, but some of the serving dishes are really creative.  See the designer’s website for details:

Some details about the food are intentionally withheld, presumably so you don’t partake with preconceived ideas and will be truly surprised at some of the courses.

Each dish is presented with amazing detail and multiple garnishes.  I forgot to ask our server to confirm or deny the rumor that the head chef spends each evening of service with a pair of tweezers to finalize the arrangement of each dish.  I’m a very detailed person and one of the problems with that is when I like to taste the individual ingredients of a dish and then taste the dish with them put together.  Of course, I don’t think I realized this until dinner at Alinea.  When I tried tasting individual ingredients, the dish didn’t last long enough for me to also get a taste of the bigger picture.  Or worse, when I tried the whole thing, realized one element was amazing, but it was all gone in just one bite.

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3 Comments to “Alinea Review”

  1. Sharyn says:

    Very impresed with your description of each sample of food. I think I will need to live this experience vicariously through your detailed descriptions.
    Looking forward to gelatto at the end of May.


  2. Becky says:

    What a bizarre façade for a restaurant! I’m glad you liked the food, even though it was scant.

  3. Jane Hackenberg says:

    When we were in New Orleans we ate at the French Quarter and that restaurant also gave little bitty portions for a big price. We were unhappy but we did have the experience of eating in that fancy place. So some restaurants are not about the quantity of food. Which still boggles my mind and stomach!

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