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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Kyotofu: Green Tea Crème Brûlée
Last week, my friend and I met up at Kyotofu for brunch. From the name, you might have guessed that this Japanese dessert bar incorporates tofu as a featured ingredient on its menu. I ordered the Green Tea Crème Brûlée which was nothing like the desserts you'd expect to find at your local vegan restaurant. Expecting a dense bite of health-nutty richness, I was pleasantly surprised and welcomed by a pure creamy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. The elegant plating reminded me of the minimalist artwork you'd expect to find at the MoMa and each element undeniably complimented one another--from the juxtaposition of the glassy caramel surface encapsulating the ethereal texture of the custard to the singular pickled garnish. To your right, the brittle tortilla-chip-like crisp speckled with vanilla bean and orange peel (I suppose) delicately cradled the lone scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Though each element of the dessert appeared simple on its own, their culmination evoked a delicate symphony of complex flavor.
Okay, I'll stop pretending to be a pretentious food critic now.