L’Arpege and Manresa are two restaurants whose paths have been criss-crossing for awhile. It started a long time ago when there were various disputes about the origin of the now-infamous Manresa egg (which some called a blatant rip-off of the more famous L’Arpege egg.) The two chefs met each other last year at a cooking function and began trading ideas back and forth. This flirtation culminated, for now, in the L’Arpege/Manresa dinner a few weeks ago. This week’s reviews will look at the full range of permutations these two restaurants have offered:
- L’Arpege Truffle Menu from February
- L’Arpege / Manresa dinner from early March
- Manresa dinner from last week
The immediate similarities between the two chefs are their love affairs with their gardens, their search for perfect ingredients, and purely expressing the flavors of their ingredients. The L’Arpege/Manresa dinner highlighted more of their differences than similarities but the full reviews of each dinner should reveal some complementary themes. It should be an interesting set of reviews to read and compare.