|Chef Mario Rodriquez|
Served up Malay Cuisine
for the first
Boston Dinner Lab Meal
"Dinner Lab is a social dining experiment that unites undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners who are looking for something different from the conventional restaurant experience. Our events bring together a group of interesting strangers around a common table to share cuisine crafted by up-and-coming chefs from all over the country.
We don't dictate what our chefs cook, but instead give them a platform to tell a story through their menus — recipes that speak to their background or heritage, ingredients they are passionate about, or completely new dishes they've been experimenting with on days away from the restaurant. Our platform flips the traditional "dinner out" on its head by putting chefs at the center stage and giving our diners a voice in the process. Each time you attend an event, your feedback and suggestions are shared with the chef so that he or she can iterate and improve on their menu concept. With your input, aspiring chefs are given the tools they need to effectively prototype new dishes and tweak recipes to help them create the next great restaurant concept."
Dinner Lab is a membership-based dining experience. The dates, featured chef and menu for the next meal are announced about a month in advance, but the location remains a mystery until 24 hours before the event. In the case of Dinner Lab's first Boston meal, we were informed that Chef Mario Rodriguez would be serving a meal of Malay-inspired cuisine that he was first exposed to when he worked at Fatty Crab in Manhattan. We learned by e-mail on Friday that the meal would be served at the Chevalier Center in Medford Square.
Chef Rodriquez chose the following menu:
- Green Mango & Lychee Salad with friend peanuts and cilantro crema
- Red Chili Mussels with Chinese sausage, green onion and roti
- Tamarind Fish Stew with Cod Dumplings, Rice Noodles, pawn paste
- Goat Rendang Clay Pot with popped rice, pickled pineapple
- Coconut Panna Cotta with rice cak, ginger granita and cashew crumble
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