There's something universal about a good story -- not only are they engaging and provide an experience through the eyes of the protagonist, the best stories do something a little bit more, providing a set of context and history that would often be overlooked.
Atomix always excelled in the art of storytelling, and their collaboration with Central is where they are able to exhibit this talent to the full degree. The personal story telling of JP and Ellia in their experiences in Peru, and how it all comes together with the team at Central provided an incredible presentation of the elevations of the two countries.
|You're greeted with these incredible maps of both countries as you enter -- an incredible surprise for me, as I thought the menu would be more Peru driven.|
|Sea Lettuce, Razor Clams, Espirulina. It's like a crispy pork skin, except not. The razor clams and the algae added some textures and colors to elevate. |
|You would think these are shaved truffle tarts, but it's actually dehydrated beef heart. What! |
|Hallabong, Golden eye Snapper, Gamtae. Fish + Gamtae being a classic combination at this point, but still an incredible bite, especially a slight hint of citrus coming from the Hallabong. Too bad we weren't allowed to eat the plates.|
|Cassava, Yuca, Jaimaica Scoby. Pretty incredible bite, like a fried potato but a lot more dense with a more "rough but in an amazing way" texture.|
|Dallae (wild onion), Shrimp, Yuza. The Yuza kick providing a nice element to what could be considered the greatest dimsum shrimp dumpling of all time. The shrimp crackers really add to the view.|
|2003 Michel Lafarge, Clos des Chenes. Took a bit to open up, showing great aged fruit, and a mix of tight violets with a bit of minerality. Showed incredibly in the later courses.|
|Diversity of Corn, Elderberry, Kiwicha|
|Scallops, Sargassum, Yuyo. Comforting in the familiarity, but still provides a shocking amount of surprises in terms of how it all comes together. The layers of textures from each individual pieces add up to something greater than the parts.|
|Hanwoo is hanwoo, but the Deodeok doing some work adding a nice textural element to a piece of beef that continually tries its best to melt in your mouth.|
|Cactus, Cabuya, Chirimoya. This course can easily be someone's love language, especially when the sauce is served. Refreshing at first bite, but you're struct by the complexity of flavors and textures by the last bite.|
|"Sorcery is afoot", someone on the other side of the counter yelled. And they were right, cacao is magic.|
|Angelica, Jujube, Potato|