Momofuku Ssam, New York

“Momofuku ssäm bar is a casual, loud restaurant with an inventive menu that is constantly changing” Is how the restaurant describes themselves on their website. I wish it had been true! I do wish the food had been inventive. For the life of me I cannot fathom how a restaurant like this made it to the 50 best restaurants of the world – #37 this year. Was there dirty underhanded dealings? Is everyone on the committee best friends with David Chang that they felt they had to do him a favour and put the restaurant on the list?  Whatever the case may be, the 2 week high of New York dining had to finally crash and burn and it did ever so miserably, at Momofuku Ssam. The 37th best restaurant in the world. 

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Pork bun
Duck
Corn pie

Steamed pork bun, hoisin, scallions:  Poor show and uninspiring. Nothing close to the magic of Red Farm or Fatty Crab – pork tasted like it had been boiled.

Rotisserie duck over rice: could have been great, but reminded me more of elastic processed food textures – like spam or something equally vile  the rest of the dish with ramps, rice, pancake etc was dry and nothing special.

Corn ice cream pie with mango: really? didn’t taste of corn, too rock solid to be ice cream, and salty to new levels of unpleasantness. A mouthful of salt. Creamy, hard, cold salt. The poor mango didn’t have a chance.

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What a waste of time, energy and money. Lovely service though!

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Food: 2

Recommend you go: nope!

Website
Momofuku Ssäm Bar on Urbanspoon

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