A quick-witted waiter reportedly saved Nicole Kidman from choking in a top New York restaurant. The waiter spotted she was in difficulties and rushed to perform the Heimlich Manoeuvre to dislodge it. Nicole had been sitting on her own in a private area of the restaurant when it happened. She was waiting for friends and had ordered some fried vegetable entrees as appetizers.
After hearing this, I had to check out Spice Market myself. It’s been hyped so much I was turned off by it. But if death by dining could occur – I’m there. Call me a risk taker.
Here are three takes on the to die for dessert, Ovaltine kulfi, and the restaurant itself.
Amanda Hesser: Ovaltine kulfi is dense and malty, like a Snickers bar coated with spiced popcorn and fennel seed. And a chocolate and Vietnamese coffee tart comes warm, topped with a pouf of milk foam. Its chocolate crust is as fragile as a dry leaf and gives way to a deliciously rich, smoky chocolate mousse.
There’s more to say but no room to write it. So go. But do not simply flit from your taxi to the door. First, fill your lungs with the aroma of the street — a sensual relic of old New York. Then suspend disbelief and save room for the Thai jewels.
Hal Reubenstein: The must-try dessert is Ovaltine kulfi; like ice cream without the air, dense and guilt-inducing as a frozen Snickers. The dare-you-try-it dessert is durian ice cream. Derived from the eponymous spiny fruit, it has a unique and oddly appealing taste—if you can get past the smell. Oh, come on. Do it for Jean-Georges. He hasn’t let you down yet.
Miu von Furstenberg: Ovaltine kulfi is so much more than a trumped up Snickers bar. The taste is kind of like a spicy malted milk ball. It left me wanting more. Overall, I had a fantastic meal – the side dishes (I loved the mushroom eggrolls) were my favorite. In regards to the smell; I don’t know what Ms. Hesser was smoking when she was asking us to “fill our lungs with the aroma of the street?” It made me want to puke.