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  1. Good suggestions from MaLO though a bit fancier than mine! Also, if you can make it, I'm 100% behind the idea of going to 69 Colebrooke Row for a cocktail. Not super-convenient to you but quite accessible via taxi/tube. Moti Mahal is super-convenient to the Prince of Wales theater and is excellent. So's Barrafina; it's a madhouse but you can drink yourself silly while waiting for a counter seat. There's also a lovely spot called the Ape and Bird that just (re)opened with a new menu right across from the Palace theatre. Haven't eaten there but their beer is fantastic.
  2. St John. Barrafina. Either Rasa (Malayali food) or Gymkhana (Indian modernized a bit) or both. #s 2 and 3 are super-close to you; St John is worth the trip. These are obvious spots but absolutely worthwhile. You should also go to Borough Market; it's obligatory for anyone visiting London who likes to eat. Grab a glass of bubbly, have some oysters and whole scallops, eat your way through all the ham at Brindisa, and look into the pie, sausage, and game selections.
  3. So, I've got a batch of short ribs ready to get vac-packed and thrown in a water bath, and a quart full of David Chang's Momofuku Cookbook marinade. What I'm concerned about is optimal cooking temperature. The book says 60 C for 48 hours, but all the short rib cooking on the old eGullet Sous Vide thread and the tables in MC seem to suggest that 56 C is a better approximate temperature. Does anyone have experience adapting the Momofuku recipe to different times/temps, or a strong informed opinion either way?
  4. The word "family" makes me think this is not the best option. Annoyingly enough, this place is pretty much impossible to visit with the 4-6 - person party I tend to prefer for eating this type of cuisine.If you can't leave Manhattan, I'd say Hot Kitchen, X'ian, or (for a more upscale alternative) RedFarm. In Queens, the list is gigantic; consult the eG Flushing threads for some suggestions but at minimum Hunan House is worth a visit. MCF is very good, but I have to say that it isn't a unique exemplar of its cuisine. I don't say that as a bad thing; I think it's a testament to the diversity and quality of Chinese restaurants in NY. But getting in is a royal pain and the food is only bare justification. I must confess that I'd rather burn my ridiculous wait times on Torrisi.
  5. It also has alkalides, which are the real problem in developing a stable foam via shaking in a drink. OTOH, I find that egg white powder works fine in cocktails, and actually might be a superior alternative. I haven't done the side-by-side tests, but I probably will this week. Given that excessive water is the enemy of stable egg foams, I feel like it may be better for, say, a Ramos to use powdered sugar, egg white powder, gin, lemon and lime juices, and cream. Will test this evening.
  6. Commercial? No idea. Is it possible? Absolutely. Our liqueurs use citrus oils, for example; I see no reason why one couldn't take the same macerations we use and simply dilute with water rather than redistilling/filtering/sweetening. The more straightforward thing to do (if it is in fact the case that tobacco has different and more desirable fat-soluble compounds than alcohol-soluble ones) is to infuse into fat, drop the "tobacco oil" into a separatory funnel with some booze, let it fat-wash, and then titrate/strain out. Note: Iam not recommending that you make tobacco infusions! Just an idea.
  7. I use an Iwatani blowtorch before cooking. I use the lowest temperature that my oven can be set to which is 170F. I use a probe in the meat to gauge progress and periodically turn the oven off for a little bit if it looks like things are moving too fast. Min/lb is not a reliable way to go since the shape and actual dimensions of the piece of meat are what determines the time. My last roast cooked faster than expected. It came out great, and our guests loved it, but I felt like it would have been even better if the meat had stayed under 110F for a longer period of time. After resting the meat for 45 minutes, I did stick the roast under the broiler for about 2 minutes with a ball of foil under the ribs to make the fat cap the part of the roast closest to the flame. The result was an extra crispy fat cap without cooking the meat at all. The last time I did this, the roast took about 4.5 hours to get to 120. I'd like to see if I can extend the time under 120F by another coup,e of hours to see if it makes a difference. I see. Do you find that covering the roast vs. not covering makes a difference? I would think that at such a low temperature, you would really be bleeding moisture out of the meat rather than boiling it internally.
  8. Also, do you still cover the pan tightly? Any water in the roasting pan?
  9. e_monster: Do you use a blowtorch? Any changes in the LTLT cooking time (still 200 F for 30 min/lb)?
  10. Mayur

    Momofuku vs. MC short rib technique

    Okay; looks like I'll shoot for 56. My feeling is that I can pull one of the pieces and check it before pulling the others and shocking them (I'm pulling them out of the bath Christmas eve, serving Christmas dinner) so if they seem "underdone," I can try rendering/finishing conventionally even if that does compromise the sous vide texture.
  11. Mayur

    Momofuku vs. MC short rib technique

    Thanks for the replies! To those of you leaning to 56 C: Do you still do 48 hours or lengthen the cooking time? Twyst: I must say those look gorgeous at 60 C! Your 56 C results must have been truly epic.
  12. Two things: First, I was off with the ratios. It's 0.1% xanthan, 0.03% locust bean. Second: You can hydrate the gums in hot syrup, but I don't see the point. It's just as easy to heat the water, hydrate the gums in the water, then add the sugar and blend.
  13. I prefer xanthan/locust bean (for this and for pastry apps). 0.3% xanthan 0.1% locust bean Percent of what? Total syrup weight (i.e., sugar and water combined) or only water or only sugar? Total syrup weight.
  14. I prefer xanthan/locust bean (for this and for pastry apps). 0.3% xanthan 0.1% locust bean This makes an absurdly kick-ass shaken drink syrup. Weirdly (I'm looking into the science on this) it also locks in the color on herb syrups.
  15. Mayur

    Le Bristol

    Greetings, Gulleteers! Having just joined, I feel that it may be a bit presumptuous to lead off with an involved question (I'd like to build up some good karma first), but I'm left with no choice. I'm having dinner or lunch (options still open) at Le Bristol on the 2nd of November with my girlfriend and her sister. I've eaten M. Frechon's cooking before (though not at this restaurant) and have some experience dining at various haute cuisine establishments in Paris; however, this will be my first visit to this restaurant. I've read other eGullet posters' details about Le Bristol (including molto e's amazing photo-document, which thrills me hugely!), and I have some idea of what to expect. However, because I'm only in Paris for a week, and I'm not completely made of money, this is going to be my only "serious" dining experience (good food aplenty I hope, but nothing quite this luxe). So, I want to make the most of it. To this end, I'm trying to figure out what might make my meal better. Some questions for those of you who have been: 1) Is there a quantifiable difference between lunch and dinner? If so, which did you find the superior experience? 2) Is there anything to specifically avoid on the menu? 3) Are the menus the way to go, or does one potentially get a more well-rounded and "truer" experience of the restaurant by ordering a la carte? 4) Is there something specific that MUST be ordered here (accounting for the season, of course)? 5) What with Le Bristol's new sommelier talent infusion, I'm probably covered on this, but regardless, are there any exceptional selections from the cellar that simply must be had? 6) I've heard that the cheese course may be a weakness here. True/false? 7) If I can squeeze in a second two- or three-star, is there another establishment that provides an interesting counterpoint/commentary to Le Bristol? 8) As a corollary, are any of you of the opinion that there's someone out there that does what Le Bristol does, but better, so to speak? Some of these questions probably seem rather asinine (in fact, they do to me as I'm reading them... ) But I'd really love some help! Thanks in advance!
  16. Mayur

    Batavia Arrack

    There kinda are. http://bittermens.com/products/x-series/peppercake-bitters/
  17. So, good news! Our products are finally available through DrinkUpNY. Here's a copy of the press release: Bittermens Spirits at DrinkUpNY
  18. You lose a LOT of flavor, is the problem. Heat does break down menthol. Blanching is great across the board (IME) for herb syrups, but not a good pre-infusion technique. Citric acid is a nice booster for a mint infusion, as is some light muddling. I also think that two charges at 30 seconds apiece are required, or else the infusion is just too weak. Minimum 360ml spirit, and you definitely want higher proof here (100+).
  19. We're not sure yet. Hopefully, we will have some answers regarding distribution this week (fingers crossed...)
  20. We are looking at $24.99 per 375ml bottle retail. Not cheap, I know, but these are ingredients that are largely used in half-ounce pours, so the overall calculus shouldn't be too bad.
  21. It's definitely similar enough to substitute; we've been using it for white Negronis and Arawaks and Mayahuel had it in their Suzie Q. It is slightly bitterer, the difference being almost entirely, if I may rather self-promotingly speculate, in the quality and type of gentian (the brix is identical to that of Suze and the HB Gentiane de Luxe, with the pH maybe a nod less acid). If using in large amounts (say, drinking it on the rocks with soda), I would recommend adding 1/4 tsp simple per 2 oz pour if you want the milder gentian feel of Suze itself. But for cocktail applications, it's basically a 1:1.
  22. It needs a nice full siphon and a bit of judicious muddling to bring the oils to the surface and start the exchange. Slow infusion will denature the oils and yield an unpleasantly woody flavor, but I've found that the menthol profusion via cavitation is pretty wonderful.
  23. Mayur

    Amer Picon & Torani Amer

    It definitely registers as lighter and bitterer largely because of the proof (30% ABV compared with 18% for Picon Biere and 21% for Club or Amer). Old-formula Picon is a bit sweeter, but we decided to produce something that was a bit more drinkable by itself (78 proof Picon is pretty syrupy).
  24. If you have an iSi siphon, you can use the N20 infusion trick described here, which works quite well for mint and other delicate herbs. (I believe Eleven Madison Park does a julep with a mint-infused whiskey using that technique.) You avoid oxidation that way and the flavor extraction is quick and clean.
  25. Not to pimp, but there is a domestic gentiane available now that you may wish to check out.