I first heard about Ronny Emborg a few years ago when I was having a treat yo' self moment at Kitchen Arts and Letters in the Upper East Side. I wanted to get something special for myself, but I could not decide on a book. One of the owners suggested The Wizard's Cookbook, and his description had all the words guaranteed to push me into impulse buy mode: import, Danish, can't find on Amazon, only printing, last shipment we are expected to get from the publisher - ever. I immediately bought two copies. The photography was so stunning that I only needed a couple glances to know that it would be perfect. And it was.
Flash forward a year or so, and it's announced that Ronny Emborg will be taking over the kitchen at Atera. I finally had the chance to taste his food that I'd been hangry-ing* myself over. But as it turned out, I didn't end up eating here until this past August. Let me tell you: through all the wait and hype and anticipation, it was even better than I thought it would be. Normally for such a long menu, I have very definitive favorite dishes, but I can honestly say that I loved every single bite of this meal. I guess that I know now why they call him the wizard.
*hangry-ing oneself- the act of looking at or reading about food that you cannot eat, thereby entering a state of angsty, unsatisfiable hangriness. "Ugh, I spent all night reading restaurant menus from distant lands, and now I'm starving. But that sole loaf of bread that I have in my apartment will never taste like what I want to eat. I guess I'll just starve."
Recommended Listening: the Black Keys' Gold on the Ceiling because it was one of the songs that they played while I was there and cause, ya know, you want that real Atera experience.
While I didn't take pictures of the other drinks from the temperance pairing, here is the full list of drinks:
'Champine' made with douglas fir
Grapefruit 'martini' with lemon verbena
Cucumber 'fizz' with lime and seaweed
'Cote de Beet': beet juice with thyme oil
Milkshake: an effervescent milkshake of yuzu and green almond
(This has ruined milkshakes for me. I was trying to get every last drop and was about to resort to asking for a small spoon when someone took my glass away - probably to save me from more shame. Ha, the milkshake version of getting cut off at the bar.)
Date: August 2016
Camera: Canon 6D