The ‘Whose dish’ contest!

David has an enormous collection of menus from some of the best restaurants in the world. Some of them adorn the walls -in the you know what– at the restaurant while others live a quieter life in a large trunk upstairs. The other day he pulled them out to organize, and to see if there are more we want to frame and put up on show. There are a few of mine in that set by now too, though I must admit they are sort the Johnny come lately’s, since I didn’t start my collection until just a few years ago.

Looking through these old menus, I got an idea that there’s a fun game I can play with you here on my blog. It is said that to be a great chef, one has to be more than just a good cook who could replicate other people’s recipes, but one that has a style that is unique to his/her own. Many of these restaurants whose menu we were perusing are famous not merely because they serve great food, but because they have a style that is unique to them. These characteristic styles are often enhanced by the sense of place, the local produce, or we might even say the proverbial terroir.

So, to put this conjecture to a test, and also to test the culinary intelligence of you, my dear readers. I’ve devised a little contest for us. I’m going to give you twelve menu items, and you have to match them to the corresponding restaurants. But to make it a bit more fun I’ve decided to give you 15 names of restaurants. So, three of the fifteen are just decoys, you understand? Now, shall we play?

Which dish belongs to which restaurant’s menu?

  1. Ravioli d’Escargots de Bourgogne dans leur Bouillon d’Ail Doux [Ravioli of Escargot de Bourgogne in a green garlic Bouillon]
  2. Le Pied de Porc Farcie au Foie Gras, Braisé en cocotte, aux Lentillons
    Roses de Champagne, Vinaigrette de Truffes [Braised pig’s feet stuffed with foie gras, with Roses de Champagne lentils and truffled vinaigrette]
  3. Schniederspaetle et Cuisses de Grenouille poêlées, au Cerfeuil [Sweet onion ravioli with frog legs in chervil sauce]
  4. Baba imbibé de Rhum de votre choix [Rum Baba with your choice of Rum]
  5. Les Raviolis de Légumes d’Automne au Jus de Noisettes (Raviolis sans pâte) [Naked ravioli of fall vegetables with hazelnut sauce]
  6. Confit de Truit de mer, Konbu, Navet long, et Fenouil [Confit of Ocean Trout with Konbu, Daikon & Fennel]
  7. Feuillantine de langoustines aux graines de sésame, sauce curry [Lobster with sesame leafs in curry sauce]
  8. Le Gargouillou de jeunes légumes, relevé de grianes germées & d’herbes champêtre [Salad of young vegetables and wild herbs]
  9. Le poupeton de fleurs de courgette aux truffes noires de Valréas avec
    son fumet de champignon [Zucchini flowers with black Valréas truffle, and puree of mushroom]
  10. Sorbet de Tartine au sardine, Ballotine de Maquereau, Navet mariné [Sardine on toast sorbet, ballotine of mackerel, and marinated daikon
  11. Rouget à la nage au basilic [Red Mullet in basil sauce]
  12. Les ris d’agneau poêlés aux poivrons et aux cèpes [Pan fried veal sweetbread with pepper and cèpes mushroom]

a) Les Pyrénées, Fermin Arrambide
b) Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire
c) Auberge de l’Eridan, Marc Veyrat
d) Les Crayères, Gerard Boyer
e) Le Moulin de Mougins, Roger Vergé
f) elBulli
g) Louis XV
h) The Fat Duck
i) Maison Troisgros
j) Lamelois
k) Oustau de Beaumanière
l) Michel Bras
m) L’Ambroisie
n) Le Buerehiesel
o) Tetsuya

Go on then, and good luck. There’s even a little secret prize for the winner. Have fun!

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16 Responses to “The ‘Whose dish’ contest!

  • Jeffrey said:
    November 16th, 2006 at 5:10am

    1. J (Lameloise)
    2. N (Buerehiesel)
    3. A (Pyrenees)
    4. G (Louis XV)
    5. C ((Veyrat)
    6. O (Tetsuya)
    7. D (Boyer)
    8. L (Bras)
    9. E (Verge)
    10. B (Gagnaire)
    11. M (L’Ambroisie)
    12. K (Oustau)

  • Eric Torralba said:
    November 16th, 2006 at 8:46am

    Hello Pim …
    all right here we go .
    a) Firmin Arrambide 12. Ris de veau Poivrons …
    b) Pierre Gagnaire 2. Pied de Porc farci au foie gras …
    c) Marc Veyrat 4. Baba ….
    d) Gerard Boyer Not on the list
    e) Roger Vergé 9.Poupeton de fleurs de courgettes …
    f) Ferran Adria Not on the list
    g) Alain Ducasse 11. Rouget à la nage au basilic
    h) Heston Blumenthal 10, Sorbet de Sardine ….
    i) Troisgros Not on the list
    j) Jacques Lameloise 1.Ravioli d’Escargots
    k) Jean-André Charial 5. Les Raviolis de Légumes d’Automne au Jus de Noisettes
    l) Michel Bras 8. Le Gargouillou de jeunes légumes
    m) Bernard Pacaud 7. Feuillantine de langoustines aux graines de sésame…
    n) Westermann 3. Schniederspaetle et Cuisses de Grenouille
    o) Tetsuya Wakuda 6. Confit de Truite de mer, Konbu
    and i will add “the most important is the mini Skirt ,not the color of the mini skirt !
    Amitiés gastronomiques…
    Eric Torralba

  • Aurore said:
    November 16th, 2006 at 7:51pm

    I can’t match all the restaurants but there is one I am almost sure of :
    2 –> d
    I grew up there !
    Then, I would make a bet on this one : 10 –> f
    For the rest, I don’t really know. I should, I know a chef who used to work at Louis XV. But I don’t…
    Can I make a team with somebody ?

  • Chef Frog said:
    November 17th, 2006 at 7:04am

    Hey Pim, nice contest. Pretty Challenging. I’m not very confident in my choices but here they go.
    1)J-Lamelois
    2)B-Pierre Gagnaire (maybe Masion Traoisgros…B final answer)
    3)N-Le Buerehiesel
    4)G-Louis XV
    5)C-Marc Veryrat
    6)O-Tetsuya
    7)M-L’Ambroisie
    8)L-Michel Bras
    9)E-Mougins
    10)H-The Fat Duck
    11)D-Les Crayeres, Gerard Boyer
    12)A-Les Pyrenees

  • Nopisto said:
    November 17th, 2006 at 8:09am

    Ok, I play.
    Here’s my quiz:
    1. j) Lamelois
    2. d) Les Crayères, Gerard Boyer
    3. n) Le Buerehiesel
    4. g) Louis XV
    5. c) Auberge de l’Eridan, Marc Veyrat
    6. o) Tetsuya
    7. b) Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire
    8. l) Michel Bras
    9. e) Le Moulin de Mougins, Roger Vergé
    10. h) The Fat Duck
    11. k) Oustau de Beaumanière
    12. a) Les Pyrénées, Fermin Arrambide

  • Chef Frog said:
    November 17th, 2006 at 9:07am

    Hi Pim, my computer was acting up right as I submitted my answers so I don’t know if you got them or not. If so, please ignore this. My answers are:
    1)J-Lamelois
    2)B-Pierre Gagnaire
    3)N-Le Buerehiesel
    4)G-Louis XV
    5)C-Marc Veyrat
    6)O-Tetsuya
    7)M-L’Ambroisie
    8)L-Michel Bras
    9)E-Le Moulin de Mougins
    10)H-The Fat Duck
    11)D-Les Crayeres, Gerard Boyer
    12)A-Les Pyrenees

  • Diva said:
    November 17th, 2006 at 11:36am

    The only one I have ever eaten was e/9
    I attended School at the Moulin du Mougins ages ago.and at this everyday for a week.. instead of dinner.

  • liz said:
    November 17th, 2006 at 12:32pm

    1. Lameloise
    2. Boyer
    3. Buerehiesel
    4. Louis XV
    5. Veyrat
    6. Tetsuya
    7. L’Ambroisie
    8. Bras
    9. verge
    10. Fat Duck
    11. Oustau
    12. Les Pyrnees

  • Eric Torralba said:
    November 18th, 2006 at 9:49am

    here we go same one but like everybody else 1 to 12
    1.Ravioli d’Escargots j) Jacques Lameloise
    2. Pied de Porc farci au foie gras b) Pierre Gagnaire
    3. Schniederspaetle et Cuisses de Grenouille n) Westermann
    4. Baba …. c) Marc Veyrat
    5. Les Raviolis de Légumes d’Automne k) Jean-André Charial L’Oustau
    6. Confit de Truite de mer o) Tetsuya Wakuda
    7. Feuillantine de langoustines m) Bernard Pacaud
    8. Le Gargouillou de jeunes légumes l) Michel Bras
    9.Poupeton de fleurs de courgettes e) Roger Vergé
    10. Sorbet de Sardine …. h) Heston Blumenthal
    11. Rouget à la nage au basilic g) Alain Ducasse
    12. Ris de veau Poivrons … a) Firmin Arrambide

  • liz said:
    November 18th, 2006 at 12:57pm

    There’s even a little secret prize for the winner.
    So???????

  • pepe said:
    November 19th, 2006 at 9:50am

    Hi Pim, I’ll give it a go…
    1. J Lameloise
    2. D Boyer
    3. N Le Buerehiesel
    4. G Louis XV
    5. C Veyrat
    6. O Tetsuya
    7. M Pacaud
    8. L Bras
    9. E Verge
    10.H Fat Duck
    11.K Ousteau de Beaumaniere
    12.A Les Pyrenees

  • Jean-Louis said:
    November 20th, 2006 at 12:28am

    1: j
    2:d
    3:n
    4:b
    5:c
    6:o
    7:m
    8:l
    9:e
    10:h
    11:g
    12:a
    Did I win?

  • pontlulu said:
    November 20th, 2006 at 10:13am

    Hi Pim,
    here’s my guess:
    1.j
    2.d
    3.n
    4.g
    5.c
    6.o
    7.m
    8.l
    9.e
    10.h
    11.k
    12.a

  • Harold said:
    November 20th, 2006 at 11:40am

    Here’s my take which differs somewhat from previous lists. I’m also restaurant disadvantaged in this situation.
    1) J-Lamelois
    2) D-Les Crayeres
    3) N-Le Buerehiesel
    4) G-Louis XV
    5) L-Michel Bras
    6) O-Tetsuya
    7) M-L’Ambroisie
    8) C-Marc Veyrat
    9) E-Le Moulin de Mougins
    10) H-The Fat Duck
    11) K-Oustau
    12) A-Les Pyrenees
    Great Fun!
    Harold

  • Jean-Louis said:
    December 3rd, 2006 at 11:14pm

    And the right answers were?

  • agoodic said:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 1:13am

    I can’t match all the restaurants but there is one I am almost sure of :
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