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This Is Either the Most Awesome Lamb Ever Served or the Most Pretentious

This Is Either the Most Awesome Lamb Ever Served or the Most Pretentious

Alinea is one of those restaurants with a webpage that doesn't make it immediately clear whether they serve food or design furniture for Ikea. The type of restaurant that counts a derivatives trader as part of its creative team and partnered with a science equipment manufacturer to create an "Anti-Griddle," which rapidly freezes ingredients into novel configurations.

It's also one of those restaurants helmed by a chef owner who did four years at French Laundry and went on to pull down a series of awards, including a James Beard, so perhaps we should reserve our snark until after we've plunked down $210 to dine at his Chicago-based restaurant.

The dish in this video is called "Lamb 86":

The 86 in lamb 86 appears to be the grid of 86 individual ingredients that are served alongside medallions of what appear to be sous-vide lamb. While the grids are prepared with a cheat sheet underneath to keep things straight, the diners aren't so lucky. Apparently, guessing what all the ingredients are is part of this dining experience.

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