This was a memorable meal to say the least. 20 diners at the back of an art studio, 20 servants (including cooks and Mr Berselius), 10o people by the bar, Morrissey blasting in the background, And one extremely interesting 10 courser. What else can you ask for.
Started off with some delicious bread, crispy hardbread with whipped NY butter. This was sitting on the table the entire meal (I'll load pictures later).
Molasses shortbread, trout roe and cheese was interesting. Seemed more like an Amuse but I could be wrong
Hay, milk, tomatoes, parsnip, and milk salad. Clearly the best Hay, tomatoes, parsnip and milk salad I ever had. Seriously this was good. I couldn't help comparing to the amazing Jungsik salad from the night before but this was inventive and satisfying. Great tasting veggies
Parsnip with brown butter and more whipped butter thank you. Delicious! The closest I get to eating parsnip normally is the leftovers from the veggies my wife throws out right after finishing making her chicken and beans soup. So best Parsnip I ever had goes without saying. Berselius really does a great job bringing all those veggies to life.
Pheasant with sunchoke, liver. Sort of a Pheasant extravaganza with both the dark and white meat (much preferred the dark), and the liver which integrated nicely with the broth of the cooked sunchoke, soup like. Sunchoke itself had a nice crispy texture
Blood pudding with seabuckthorn, lardo, dill and anchovies was just ok for us. Pretty to look at without much substance, like Paris Hilton
Oats, tiny bits of bone marrow, Shad roe, egg yolk with some sort of puree. Just like mama makes! All worked together beautifully. one of my favorite of the night.
Pork and beets. A very tasty piece of fatty pork belly and the beets were another example of the great taste he brings out of veggies. Beets is something I never order and the only time I eat them is with an occasional red Borscht, but this was simply delicious.
Whelk - Snails of the sea. Dont believe I ever had them. Although it was very interesting and you could really sort of taste the sea here it wasn't one of our favorites. But loved the dehydrated scallop "chips" that cam along
Beef, Burnt potatoes. 60 days aged served rare and very tasty. Potatoes were smoky and fantastic. Add sweet onion - Great dish.
Egg yolk. Not a fave of this one. Looked more promising than its tasted. Sort of sticky, gummy and not much flavor
Apple sauce, oats, cream, baby formula. Awesome! Ok, so there was no baby formula here but as we were discussing with our neighbors it wouldn't be a total shock to see and Berselius could probably pull it off
Dessert - Some sort of sick ice cream with hazelnuts and other goodies. A great finish.
So there you have it. Dinner was a 4 hour marathon with a lot of big breaks between the dishes. It was mostly a local crowd with the exception perhaps of one particular couple that looked like Michelin inspectors. It was fun seeing the boys (all but one) casually Williamsburg dressed do their thing. Would I come back? Probably not but still a very enjoyable, memorable meal and perhaps the closest I will ever get to Noma