Ever wanted to eat food off your iPad? No? Well, one San Francisco restaurant is still hoping to change your mind, one $220 meal at a time.
The Michelin three-star restaurant, Quince, has started serving truffle croquettes on top of an iPad playing a video of truffle-finding dogs doing their thing.
— Richie Nakano✨
If the restaurant was looking to get a reaction out of people, they certainly achieved that, but it might not have been the one they were looking for. Here is a sampling of the Internet’s initial response to news of the dish.
@linecook I didn't think I could possibly be more appalled at this year, yet you found a way.
— kas (@kasafc) December 27, 2016
@linecook time to delete everything
— Connie Wong (@mysticonnie) December 27, 2016
@linecook god has forgotten our planet
— spicysoft (@jumsdogpetter) December 28, 2016
If you are curious how the presentation actually works, one customer was kind enough to film the truffle/iPad fusion (officially called “A Dog Searching for Gold”) in action.
At this point, you may be wondering what the hell the chef/owner was thinking when he came up with this idea. Luckily, Quince chef/owner Michael Tusk gave SFGate the lowdown on his latest creation, and boy is it something:
“The idea was simply about taking the guest on a voyage to being out truffle hunting then having a moment when the truffle is dug from the ground,” Tusk said.
“Living in San Francisco for over twenty years I have witnessed the tech boom,” said Tusk, “and I wanted to combine a little bit of gastronomy with technology and a little bit of education.”
Fortunately, Tusk revealed that patrons are eating off a specially-designed sheath that covers the iPad rather than the tablet, and the sheath is cleaned after each use. However, this still seems both extravagant and ridiculous. Even the local paper called this dish “Peak San Francisco,” and we’re inclined to agree. The only way to get more San Francisco than this would be to force patrons to eat it in a $2,000-a-month studio apartment.
If truffles aren’t your thing, you can get a similar experience with a frog-based dish, but you do have to look at a picture of a frog while you presumably eat the same.
If this sounds great to you, but you don’t live near the Bay Area, no worries. Just plop your next meal down onto your tablet and voila! You have your very own techno-food. Although, if you do try this at home, please clean your screen off first.