Holy moly, the El Bulli menu at Next was … elegant? Unreal? Experiential? Theatrical? Grand? Let’s go with grand. I’m not usually one to pull my camera out and do the “LOOK AT WHAT I ATE” Instagrams, but in this case, it was totally worth it.
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The trick here is the same as in most low-light instances. Figure out where your available light is coming from, and since your depth of field is going to be about a nanomillihypertinymeter, figure out what your focus point is. This serves us well in several of the dishes, to highlight the main focus of the plating, but if you look at the chocolate option, I chose to make the gold leaf the focus and I probably ought to have zeroed in on the wispy chocolate bits or the mousse or the brownie. (Lesson two, gang: don’t be afraid to post your mistakes. Not a catastrophe, but if I had it to do all over again, I’d do it a little differently. I wanted to eat the chocolate, though.)