Souffles Don’t Entirely Suck, It Turns Out
December 15th, 2010 by plumpdumpling

I really, really love chocolate–from the worst mostly-sugar milk chocolate to the bitterest cacao nib–and that’s why I think I don’t care for chocolate cake. Why would I eat chocolate-flavored flour when I could be having a creamy chocolate tart, chocolate ice cream, or even chocolate pudding?

That’s why, since I started fine-dining with my wonderful boyfriend four years ago, I’ve avoided the ubiquitous chocolate soufflé and, in fact, soufflés in general. Little did I know, though, that I was denying myself a real pleasure by not forcing restaurants’ kitchen staff to display their technical prowess for me.

My first great soufflé was at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges. In an otherwise just-okay meal, this Grand Marnier concoction really stood out with its crusty shell and creamy interior. I’m not saying I have any manners, but I really don’t usually dip my fingers into a serving dish to clean out every last crumb like I did here.

The next one I had–the one that really convinced me–was the green tea soufflé at TriBeCafe. It’s a great place in general with a $23, four-course prix-fixe menu full of only-delicious Japanese-inspired comfort foods, but that soufflé was really something special. It was earthy without being grassy and fluffy without leaving that why-did-I-just-eat-a-plate-of-air? feeling you get from things like angel food cake.

I guess maybe I’m just a sucker for things that are crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside, like French macarons, Oreos, and you. So even though I don’t see myself ordering the chocolate soufflé any time soon, apparently other flavors suit me just fine.

4 Responses  
  • Heesa Phadie writes:
    December 15th, 20105:14 pmat

    You always make me jealous. You know how I love dessert. And like you, previous to these, I have yet to have a soufflé. Uggh….sometimes I hate you…but only because you’re so awesome.

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      December 16th, 20109:38 amat

      Man, this reminds me that I really need to post our dinner at The Modern at MoMA, where there was a chocolate cart that we TOTALLY FAILED AT because we were too timid to take everything we wanted to try. You would’ve been disappointed.

      I’m really surprised you haven’t had a soufflé! I assume there’s nothing out there you haven’t had. There needs to be a directory somewhere where we can search for restaurants that have the foods we want, because I want to try every soufflé everywhere now.

  • Mrs. Bachelor Girl writes:
    December 16th, 20105:11 pmat

    I LOVE souffles, but I’ve never gotten up the nerve to attempt baking one. Maybe now that I’m brave enough for beginners’ candy-making, I should give a souffle the old college try.

  • The Savvy Soybean writes:
    December 19th, 20104:12 pmat

    $23 for a four-course meal?! That’s unbelievable! Haven’t been down in that area recently, but I’m thinking I’ll make the trek… that souffle looks heavenly!

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