Secret Location's Jefferson Alvarez is creating 300 dishes in 30 days of set menus

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It’s an ambitious undertaking: over the course of 30 days, executive chef Jefferson Alvarez will be creating 300 new dishes at Secret Location (1 Water Street).

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Starting this Thursday (January 16) through February 15, he’ll be serving a different 10-course tasting menu every evening—and he won’t repeat a plate. The meal includes three snacks, two appetizers, two savoury dishes, a palate cleanser, and two sweet courses. It costs $75 per person (plus tax and tip) and includes some taster-sized alcoholic beverage pairings.

The February 14 menu, which is the same price, will feature the colour red in every dish in honour of Valentine’s Day.

Below, have a look at the kind of dishes you can expect, which I previewed at a media event on January 14. Note, of course, that these dishes won't be repeated. Alvarez says he'll repeat a specific protein (like beef) but won't repeat the same dish or cooking method with it (such as braising). 

Here's the preview 10-course menu:

Snacks

Sturgeon skin with smoked salt (the fish is a sustainable version)
Carolyn Ali
Radish and seaweed aioli
Carolyn Ali
Beef tartare with truffles
Carolyn Ali

Apptetizers

Squash: squash seed milk, squash skin, tonka bean-infused squash
Carolyn Ali
Shaved elk: smoked beets, dill aioli, black olive oil
Carolyn Ali

Savoury dishes

Confit toothfish: lobster saffron broth, kelp vermicelli (Alvarez sources this toothfish, or sea bass, sustainably off the coast of Australia)
Carolyn Ali
Bison short ribs: wild mushrooms, freeze dried peas, shaved truffle
Carolyn Ali

Palate cleanser

Aloe and compressed watermelon
Carolyn Ali

Desserts

Pastry chef Kira Desmond's desserts each came with a theme, the ingredients and components inspiring the name of the dish.

The Discovery: manjari espresso aerated ganache, hazelnut cream and soil, rosemary honey lemon fizzy
Carolyn Ali
Along the Mekong River: this dessert combines flavours found along the Mekong River region: kaffir lime parfait, calamansi and blood orange sorbet, curry pistachio, burnt orange caramel tapioca
Carolyn Ali

Intrigued? Reservations (604-685-0090) are being accepted for the evening service. Diners won't know what they're getting till the plate shows up in front of them, but dietary restrictions can be accomodated. See secretlocation.ca/300

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cathy
What "...hazelnut cream and soil..." ?

"Secret Location" can stay a secret as far as i'm concerned.

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