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I'm Madeleine Dee. I cook, travel, write, & eat everything I can find while dreaming up show concepts, creating a gourmet product line called Fond Originals, & running Fond, the restaurant of my dreams, in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Gaggan

Gaggan

During a recent trip to Thailand, my boyfriend and I managed to get into Gaggan. We still don't know how or why, but we're not complaining. Especially because it had been named the best restaurant in Asia (for the 4th or maybe 5th consecutive year) just days before we dined. 

To keep it short and sweet, we were led upstairs to a horseshoe-shaped counter where we joined 9 other people from all over the world for a chef's table style meal that was presented to us, in the words of the Korean chef in charge, as an "assault". We would receive a barrage of 25 dishes, and they would all correspond with rock songs from the western world. 

Assault was a good word to describe the experience, as we were quickly served tiny dish after tiny dish, each vessel promptly scooped away as soon as we had eaten. But it wasn't uncomfortable, nor was it unpleasant, and the food was creative and delicious. We had a fantastic and interesting time. Service was excellent. 

Hereโ€™s a blunt assault of a review (some emojis don't like SquareSpace):

 Cucumber - Incredible
๐Ÿ’ฅ - Gross (but glad I tried it) 
๐Ÿ‘… - Odd, funny, yummy, a little gross
Egg - Very good (Liam hated it)
Shrimp - Incredible
๐Ÿ† - Incredible
Hot Chili ๐ŸŒถ - Absolutely Incredible
๐Ÿš - Incredible
๐Ÿ  - Absolutely Incredible
๐Ÿ - Absolutely Incredible (Liamโ€™s favorite)
Taco ๐ŸŒฎ - Beautiful, waste of uni
๐Ÿฃ - Absolutely incredible
๐ŸŠ - Incredible, but too rich/too much to eat
๐Ÿซ - Absolutely incredible
Carrot - Incredible
Dumpling - Very good
Coconut - Would have been my favorite, but needed salt
๐Ÿค - Incredible
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง - Disgusting
๐ŸŒ‘ - Absolutely incredible
 Crab - Very good
๐ŸŒน - Very good
๐ŸŒผ - Very good
๐Ÿฌ - So, so absolutely incredible
Yin-Yang - Pretty good (bitter)

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