I watch food programming religiously and I don’t discriminate where the content comes from or where I watch it. I’m a regular viewer of Munchies but will also happily watch reruns of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. I like Guy and I don’t care what anyone says. I also watched Season 1 of Chef’s Table about 3 times. n/naka is the only restaurant on Chef’s Table that is located in LA, and it’s on the west side no less. In fact, I used to live on the street that is the intersection of the restaurant, and pass by it walking to yoga every week.
As much as we love food, the bf and I don’t usually splurge on it. We do our research, visit new places, but usually just order the special or their signature. I’m not the fine dining, 10 course meal type of person, but felt like we had to try n/naka. Because until we make it out to Fäviken, I don’t think we’ll be experiencing meals from any of the restaurants featured on the show.
If you’ve watched the n/naka episode of Chef’s Table, what the food journalists and experts say very clearly capture the experience. It’s a similar experience as listening to a symphony, just as they described. However, unlike them, I surprisingly don’t have the stamina for it. By about the 8th or 9th dish, I was really full, pretty drunk (I had opted for the wine pairing, which was marvelous but obviously a bit too much for me) and basically exhausted. The meal lasted from 9 PM – midnight.
Don’t get me wrong. The dishes were some of the best flavors I have tasted in my entire life. Like I said, I just don’t have the stamina for such a meal. If you do, then I highly recommend making a reservation.
Below is a sampling of the dishes in the meal. I can’t remember the components of every single dish, but you can see how beautiful and painstakingly well crafted they are.
And a collage of the meal from yours truly.