Back in the beginning of February, I went back to Next for their Hunt menu.
My impression of The Hunt was that it was a nice, well thought-out, and cohesive meal. However, it lacked the inspiration that previous menus at Next had. In fact, I don’t think I’ve really been impressed by the menus since Childhood. I didn’t go to Kyoto, so I can’t judge that one, but Sicily and The Hunt weren’t that impressive.
But… then again, it still was a nice meal.
This one was a log of different cured meats. I really enjoyed the bite of blood sausage, which is the last one that looks like a piece of coal. The nice thing about a few of these bites were that they were warm, which helped to mix the protein and fat together in your mouth.
Cellar Aged Carrots & Onions
The actual carrot part of the carrot, and not those root-y things coming off of it was quite tasty. It was tender and sweet. But, those stringy things weren’t too great to eat.
Sturgeon & Caviar – supposed to evoke decadence
With steel cut oats on the side
The oats were fine, but the sauce that they were cooked in, which was a reduction of the jus left over from the squab was too salty. Otherwise I would have loved the oats.
Fallen leaves & Kidney
They said this was supposed to taste like charcuterie. I really didn’t get that from this dish; instead, it was just kind of too salty and seemed to lack flavor to me. Although, it looks very beautiful and interesting.
The Bison & Bearnaise is next…
Maris Otter was next, but I got too excited and ate that before I remembered to take a photo. It was kind of like oatmeal and we were given a variety of different toppings to mix into it.