Culinary engineering is something I have never heard of before. Michelin star chef Jeff Ramsey is taking cooking up another level by introducing: Molecular Tapas at a limited time at Umai, The Oberoi Hotel.
The meal consists of 25 tiny dishes (I was invited to try out some of them). All food is created in front of you. All courses is served in very unusual an fun way involving dry ice, resembling a magic show.
We were able to try the edible mai tai, caramel corn, seared wagyu strips with black truffle potato espuma, tempura with nitro poached tempura dip in flakes, black truffle ganache with black bread shell.
There was nothing ordinary about the caramel corn – corn mousse poached in nitrogen and passed through a thin layer of caramel. Crispy on the outside, soft and cold on the inside. As for the wagyu strips – it’s fascinating in such a way that I don’t normally eat anything raw (but I braved this one) and am able to survive and write about this experience!
It was really good and it just melted in my mouth and disappeared before I could feel anything negative!
The highlight of the night is the last part. We were offered this. I was like…where is the magical, spellbinding dessert?
But Chef Jeff did not leave out the ‘spellbinding’ part. Not at all. Before we were served these family of citruses, we were made to chew on something called “miracle fruit“. The berry like plant contains a glycoprotein molecule, with some trailing carbohydrate chains, called miraculin. When the fleshy part of the fruit is eaten, this molecule binds to the tongue’s taste buds, causing sour foods to taste sweet. (Reference: Wikipedia)
I ate a whole lime, lemons, oranges and grapefruit slices with mysterious gusto! I’m very sissy with sour fruits but after chewing miracle fruit? I ate all of these citruses with a smile on my face!! Now, that is spellbinding!
Chef Jeff Ramsey will be at Umai Restaurant at The Oberoi Hotel Dubai until the 8th of November if you want to try this Molecular Gastronomic adventure.
Here’s what it is. It’s intimate. You will be served exceptionally creative food over the counter that only sits very few people (6-8?). It’s experimental as you would expect from any molecular cooking. It’s playful and fun as the food will always come with a twist and more. And it’s delicious enough to be enjoyable.
Here’s what it’s not. It’s not very “Japanese”, per se. The food is very contemporary hence it doesn’t have any oriental identity. But it’s nothing short of unique, tasty, creative, clever and fun experience you won’t forget.
The special degustation menu at Umai Japanese Restaurant, The Oberoi Hotel Dubai features over 25 intriguing molecular tapas dishes created using a range of unique techniques. The interactive dining experience begins from 8pm and starts frmo AED350 per person. Limited spaces available so please call The Obeoi Hotel at +971-4-444-1444.