Originally Posted by aybojs
I'm absolutely mystified myself. Why do people always hold French/continental food as the pinnacle of cuisine? I don't hold my own personal tastes to be the arbiter of the world's best, but I always find that kind of food (from my limited experience) extremely bland and overly buttery, oily, and/or creamy. Considering the kind of exposure people have to such a wide range of interesting foods, why is it that food from India, China, Japan, Korea, the Middle East, etc. gets the short shift from self-proclaimed food experts, who seem to be more content to circle jerk about the latest hot trend in French or French fusion cuisine?
Two arguments come to mind. First and more facile, some people love to be big fish in little ponds. Second, I've observed in others that a steady diet of overy buttery or creamy cuisines accustomes their palates to the richness of butter and cream to the extent that they perceive other less fatty cuisines as bland or lacking in variety. Except for Indian. That's the one cuisine that seems to penetrate that palate.
Not that I dislike French, Italian or other continental cuisine, but I certainly couldn't face a diet limited only to those.
Originally Posted by pinchi22
I agree that thereÂ´s a eurocentric bias, but it does evolve. Who would have imagined a Spanish restaurant being named the worldÂ´s best a decade ago? The food at El Bulli is a far cry from the classical french cannon of cream and butter.
You've got to give credit to Nobu too.