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May 11, 2010 12:01 PM

Molecular Gastronomy?

I'm coming to the Cities for a visit in July, and I was looking for restaurants that incorporate Molecular Gastronomy into their menus. I found a post from a year ago on the same topic that mentioned Cosmos may have some MG dishes on the menu. Any other restaurants to try?

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  1. Not that I've heard of, although you should wait for the more experienced diners / posters to throw their two cents in.

    My reply is mostly about the fad and viability of MG. I think there are only a few cities that can truly support the MG dedicated places, NY, CHI, LA, etc., due to the generally high cost. I wonder what percentage of the big hitters (Alinea, WD-50, Moto) clientele is local / frequent, and not destination based? I think it's cool that it exists, and that it helps expands technique and ideas about food and flavor, but how much of it is gimmick and just for show?

    As it pertains to MN, I don't think Minnesotans are exactly known for wanting extremely daring cuisine bundled with generally miniscule portions and high prices.

    That said, I just bought the Alinea cookbook to dink around with. The olive oil pudding, while basic, will melt your face off it's so good.

    1. The only thing even remotely close would be what Bradstreet is doing with ice. I don't see finding anyplace in MSP that would satisfy your search.

      If I really wanted to tap authorities on this question, I would email or post to the blogs of Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl or Andrew Zimmern.

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      1. re: MSPD

        Maybe inquire at Piccolo? They are certainly doing micro-sized portions.......:) but maybe not molecular sized

      2. This is so far away from me.

        1. I've seen some MG techniques at play at Spoonriver as well as Cosmos.

          750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          1. Molecular gastronomy is a pretty broad term.

            Victory 44 always has a few dishes that incorporate the science as it is commonly understood. They are big on presenting ingredients in various states, from foam to crisps. However you classify it, the food is amazing.

            Victory 44
            2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

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            1. re: kevin47

              I agree that Victory 44 is the closest we have to anyone doing MG. Tasmanian Honey Pearls were on my plate last week. Little jellied spheres of honey. Fun stuff. Go with the tasting menu, for sure.

              Cosmos and Piccolo both play at it some, too. I love MG. Alinea / Grant Achatz has been my favorite dining experience for years. I find that Victory 44's creativity and whimsy are the closest we have to that in MSP.

              Victory 44
              2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

              1. re: FireRev

                For the price, I'd absolutely give Victory a whirl. The creativity is top notch.