"Haute" Ethnic Cusine - does it exist? What is the closest we get?
I'm thinking "haute" Afghani, Moroccan, Egyptian, Senegalese, Lebanese... or even Caribbean restaurants in Manhattan. Do they exist? If not, what's the closest we get?
Ilili purports itself to be haute Lebanese, though it elevates Lebanese food by using fusion techniques and ingredients a la Tabla.
Maybe it's me, but I have a hard time defining a "haute" version of the cuisines you've listed. Is the haute-ness of a place defined by its ambience? Because there are plenty of beautiful Maghrebi restaurants. Is it price? Because Merkato 55 has certainly redefined the price point for African food. Plating? Technique?