For his first dessert, Achatz said, “Fortunately for you we’ve got white truffles.” Nobody complained when presented with white truffle milkshakes, each dusted with powdered Nutella and salt. Phenomenal.
The Tom & Jerry is normally a hot rum drink, but in this case, featured an Absolut vanilla base, along with Averna, Amaro Abano (non-alcoholic bitters) and “Coffee aroma.”
The most memorable stretch of the meal started with the unmistakable wail of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up.” Achatz and his team brought out dishes of liquid nitrogen-frozen milk chocolate, pickled blueberries, blueberry sauce, honey cream, honey custard, peanut nougat and basil.
Achatz and his crew cleaned the King’s table and painted it with ingredients, which we all scooped up with spoons.
Jackson Pollack would no doubt be proud of the results, which were not only visually stunning, interactive and fun, but also tasted good.
The Absolut Achatz event was absolutely out of control. All of the online reviews and print profiles couldn’t have prepared me for the experience. I previously thought Achatz’s dishes might be kind of precious, but he and his team have clearly put a lot of thought into the food (and now cocktails). Now, it’s even believable that Achatz might be some kind of wizard.