Would You Eat Truffles Off Your iPad?

Cool Sh*t, Melbourne, Play, Sydney / 5 April 2017

This restaurant takes innovative dining to new heights, serving dishes on an iPad.

We’re sure you can relate to the intense hesitation you have at your parents dining table to whip out your phone or iPad and check your Facebook feed. Well now an American restaurant is flipping the bird to stern parents everywhere and giving in to the power of technology.
This isn’t your local fish and chip shop. Quince is considered to be one of San Francisco’s finest dining experiences. Yet, after the three Michelin Stars, this contemporary restaurant is now serving up food on iPads. Yes, those things you take to work, binge Netflix on, and, potentially, take to the loo.
However, don’t rock up at Quince expecting to check your emails. Hoping to tantalise more than just patrons’ tastebuds, head chef, Michael Tusk, has created an innovative and interactive culinary treat.
As part of the restaurant’s $220 tasting menu diners can munch on the finest white truffle croquettes whilst a truffle-hungry dog scurries below on their iPad screen. Called ‘A Dog in Search of Gold’, the dish’s ingredients are far from basic. A dust of grated porcini powder covers a bed of roasted celeriac and porcini.
So why the iPad? Tusk told local media that he wanted take his guests on an interactive journey.
“The idea was simply about taking the guest on a voyage to being out truffle hunting and then having a moment when the truffle is dug from the ground,” Tusk said. “Living in San Francisco for over 20 years, I have witnessed the tech boom and I wanted to combine a little bit of gastronomy with technology and a little bit of education.”
Is the voyage hygienic? Apparently so! Tusk assures diners that the devices are protected by a sheath, which is cleaned before each diner hunts along with the animated dog.
iPads have long been a way of keeping the kids occupied on nights out, but now have we become that incapable of ripping ourselves away from power of the flashing phone?
Learn more about Quince here