We are making a short film next month about modern french cuisine. It stars Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development, Whip It) and it's about a stifled Hollywood actress who gets hired by a chef in Paris (Pierre Jancou) for an unlikely role. This film features modern french cuisine in a fictional narrative format, which makes it unique among all the reality/documentary food based content out there.
There's still time left for our Kickstarter campaign and we would love any support possible to reach our goal. If we do not reach our goal by May 14th, we will lose all pledged support... so please help us spread the word! We really want to make this film to be put out into the universe.
We've got lots of great prizes for those that donate... some handmade cheese boards by Adrian Rubi-Dentzel, who has designed furniture for many top new Paris restaurants, original drawings by Alia Shawkat, Pierre Jancou's inscribed and signed new cookbook... and many more to come.
Please watch this video about our film and click here for more details on how to support us!
A big perk of being creatively involved with new restaurants is being able to go to fun things like test dinners. Last night we tasted much of the new menu at Hero, the new cocktail restaurant from Josh, Adam, and Carina of Quixotic Projects (Candelaria, Glass, Le Mary Celeste). Haan Palcu-Chang's food program is centered around Korean fried chicken. Available by the whole or half bird, the chickens are quartered, fried to a thoroughly-crispy, dark brown and dressed in one of three sauces: regular, sweet garlic, or spicy. Luckily ours was a table of four which warranted getting a whole chicken moitié/moitié, half in spicy sauce, half sweet. Thankfully, Haan is a stickler for certain cutural necessities of cooking, and does not hold back on the chiles in the spicy sauce. There will be french people who cannot handle this, and that is fine. The menu is full of great antidotes to a mouth on fire: two delicious tapioca pearl drinks, the zenned-out seawead rice, the fresh and bright noodle salad, tangy rich kimchi mac 'n' cheese, and of course the light Hite Korean beer. Haan's cooking never disappointed at Le Mary Celeste, and Hero is no different. The dynamic range from acids, saltiness, spice and sweet is perfect alongside cocktails that managed to further surprise us in how crazy, new, and fun a beverage can be. The interior design by Jeanette Dalrot and Safari Sundays takes you from chic Bladerunner to 80's Santa Monica beach house and downstairs to a woody kitchen dining bar. Downstairs, dubbed Superhero, will soon be home to a nightly six-person tasting menu service, for which our own Adrian Rubi-Dentzel designed and made the bar top.
|The sweet half of a "moitié-moitié " pile of fried chicken. This stack is a whole chicken half in sweet sauce, half in spicy. "Bubble Trubble" cocktail made with tapioca pearls, absinthe, bekseju, young almond syrup, and almond milk. One of our favorites and a perfect antidote to the truly spicy chicken.|
|Two of Hero's cocktails: "Nice Legs", Litchi, pink pepper, soju, Aperol, prosecco, and "I Woke Up Like This", Tapioca pearls, young almond syrup, almond milk and blue.|
|"My personal favourite for the Hero menu: seared rice cakes, ragout of mushrooms, Chinese salted radish, and gochujang on purée of soft tofu." - Quote from Haan's instagram @haanpc|
|Kimchi mac-n-cheese, tastes like the old school mac-n-cheese you want but bright, tangy and a little spicy|
Two Hero cocktails, "Nice Legs" (left) and the pretty "Thug Life", soju, mescal, cognac blanc, gin, yuzu, lemon, ginger beer, cranberry, bitters, antesite
|Steamed and fried bun with samjang glazed pork ribs, korean mayo, and pickled cabbage|
|Spring vegetable, cold noodles, pickled daikon, seaweed and egg|
|buns chilling on the chef's table in the basement level called Super Hero with a six seat tasting menu|
|Hero's chefs prepping for their first dinner service behind the wood and resin bar by Adrian Rubi-Dentzel|
Short round on the shirt (soon for sale) / Haan and Adrian in Super Hero
|Detail of Super Hero chef's table, european chestnut wood and hand tinted resin pools|
|Upstairs dining room by swedish designer Jeanette Dalrot and NYC design firm, Safari Sundays|
|Central wash basin for those fried chicken sticky fingers|
Pink lit stair case lined with cinder block planters, the upstairs back counter dining area
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