Michelle and I were fortunate enough to get to check out The Playground’s Omakase-Style Seafood Dinner. Some pretty unique dishes were in the lineup, and we were excited.
They had some Japanese brews that aren’t very common in the states available to pair with the meal. Hitachino’s Real Ginger Brew is very light and refreshing.
Tai. This dish was inspired by the ocean with sand, surf, and even some seaweed.
Albacore. The mint and tangerine with the fish was a great flavor combination, fresh and sweet.
Mackerel. Fried soba noodle gave this dish an awesome texture contrast.
Pork belly. The only land animal in the meal, with a root vegetable sauce of carrot and soil. Get it?
Skip jack. Pretty lean piece of fish here compared to tuna, complimented with some fat from an egg sauce, done like an aioli.
This torch came out a couple of times in the meal.
Octopus. The broth it’s sitting on is a broth made from Doritos. You heard me. It tastes like ranchero sauce with a faint taste of corn at the end. Combined with the octopus, apple slices, and avocado, this dish had huge texture and flavor.
Watermelon. Combine that with carbonated pineberries, powdered condense milk, and a sprinkle of pop rocks. This dessert was a literal flavor explosion in my mouth.
The Playground is doing some pretty great things with food, but the fact that the chefs are given liberty to produce special meals like this in addition to that is fantastic. Compliments to Chef Frank DeLoach on a fantastic meal.