lunes, 13 de agosto de 2012

Ultraviolet, para los 5 sentidos

Hay cosas excéntricas en el mundo moderno que lo dejan a uno pensando. La última novedad en restaurantes es algo que vale la pena conocer (está en Shanghai, así que cuando digo conocer me refiero a por lo menos saber que existe). No dejen de hacer click en: Ultraviolet del famoso chef Frances, Paul Pairet.

La mas alta tecnología de sonido y proyección, difusor de olores, presión de aire y control de temperatura para disfrutar de 22 espectaculares platos en una atmósfera precisa y controlada para c/u. Todo esto por U$315. ¿Lo pagaría? Los que lo han hecho dicen que definitivamente vale la pena. Insisto (yo solo publico imágenes y es mas que eso) hagan click en: Ultraviolet

Mesa para todos los comenzales - solo 10 invitados por noche


Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet: UV room Carrot by Scott Wright of Limelight Studio
"The evening begins at 7.00pm at Mr. & Mrs. Bund. The fortunate ten guests assemble, are introduced to each other and are presented with a flute of sparkling pear cider, after which everyone moves downstairs to be driven to dinner. The drive is carefully choreographed, with sound effects and music even onboard movie clips, playing as your vehicle moves from the Bund and then along Guangfu Road past the bridges that on a rainy evening might remind you of evenings in Paris along the Seine. Having lulled passengers into a romantic reverie, it comes as a surprise to find that Ultraviolet’s location is completely featureless and industrial by design. Passing through a series of sliding doors arranged to disassociate guests from the outside world, one arrives suddenly at the entrance to a large room, about 12 meters wide and 20 meters long, with completely bare walls in which a long dining table and ten chairs are dramatically lit by spotlights and projections on the tabletop with the guest’s name show the seating placement. 

Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet : UV room Door by Scott Wright of Limelight Studio
Basically you have arrived in an environment in which Paul Pairet is the creative director. Firstly he creates the dish, and then he develops an experience to go with it in which all your senses participate. The walls are floor to ceiling projection screens and every dish is introduced or accompanied by visual images – sometimes real, sometimes animation, sometimes computer-generated – and toward the end of the meal, we see live images of chef Pairet in the kitchen preparing the next course. The sound track, the lighting and the projectors are all synchronized – as are the serving staff as they appear magically through the wall to deliver the first course of the UVA menu. There are twenty-four staff at Ultraviolet, including nine chefs, and they seem faultless as they deliver the 22 course menu. That’s right – 22 courses. This is an overwhelming immersion in food of all kinds, an almost reckless display by an incredibly talented chef who wants to present everything in case you never have a chance to return, but the portions are designed to be eaten in one bite that blends and melds flavours and textures in a way that cannot be described as mere eating. Every course is accompanied by water and various alcoholic drinks (with non-alcoholic versions available if diners prefer), ranging from a ginger beer that accompanies a fish course to a spectacular 2003 Bordeaux that was served with Kobe beef. In case you’re reeling at the thought of 22 courses, don’t worry, you’ll handle it easily. The meal is leisurely – around four hours – and the portions are literally bite-sized, served on the most beautiful tableware you will ever see. Every course has its own cutlery, its own colour palette and some even have aromas which are trapped and brought to the diner. I don’t want to give away too many of the details because this is Paul Pairet’s show and he deserves all the credit for attempting to expand the boundaries of the most universal of all human activities – eating. It’s a work in progress and I think others will try and copy what he’s doing and develop it in even more ways, but Pairet has done it first."

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