If you were offered one free meal anywhere in the world...
If you were offered one free meal anywhere in the world...where would you go?
I saw an article recently where top chefs were posed this question, and their answers were mostly predictable. Grant Achatz went to Per Se to see what his former colleague Thomas Keller was up to. And I thought... Chowhounds could be more inventive that that! So here's your chance.
Where would you go? It should be about food. You shouldn't say, I'll eat at Treetops Lodge in Kenya because even if the food is horrible (it's not) I'll get to see wild animals out the window. And I don't think it should be about the money. You might pick a $350 meal at Masa, or you might also pick a perfect Shandong jian bing from an old street vendor in Shanghai, which costs about 50 cents.
If you really wanted, you could time travel, and see (and taste) as Vatel or Carême did his best. Of course if you break some obscure rule of 17th century court etiquette and Louis XIV has you flung in a dungeon, don't blame us.
re: Ruth Lafler
Me too. It seems very dificult to get reservations. We were planning to go to Spain last year to go to El Bulli to find out that they stopped taking reservations for the entire year. When I usually travel, I pick a place and plan the trip (restaurants, sights, hotel, etc) around the city/country. In El Bulli's case, I think I need to plan my entire trip around El Bulli.
I would have someone buy me doubles in Trinidad. It's been so many years since I lived there but I crave them very frequently.
Billy Kwong in Sydney. Mix of traditional and inventive Chinese cooking with shockingly fresh and rich ingredients.
However, I feel like this game calls for a pricey answer -- someplace I would not pay for myself -- so my alternative answer would be a full-blown kaiseki dinner, served in my room at a top-end ryokan in Japan.
If plane fare is included in this game, then my answer reverts back to Billy Kwong.
I would respond and say Urasawa right here in Los Angeles... primarily because one free meal probably won't include the transportation cost. It'd be really difficult to cash in a voucher at some place I'm not likely to visit in the near future.
Other than that (and beyond the typical El Bulli or French Laundry answer), I'd probably say some villa in Tuscany, but I do like the game preserve idea of yours in Kenya. How about a beach-side cookout in Fiji?