This 5-Course Meal is Inspired by the VAG’s Takashi Murakami Exhibit

Each dish (and drink pairing) at this Market by Jean-Georges dinner takes inspiration from the Japanese artist's work.

February 19, 2018

By Stacey McLachlan / Photo: Leila Kwok

“That painting looks so good, I could eat it!” is something no one has ever said at an art gallery, but maybe that’s because they aren’t as creative (or hungry?) as the culinary minds at Market by Jean-Georges. Inspired by the Vancouver Art Gallery’s current exhibition, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg (February 3 to May 6, 2018), Market executive chef Ken Nakano is offering a five-course menu through February 28 that takes its cues from the wild pop-art paintings and sculptures of the Japanese artist’s portfolio.

Foie Gras and Cherry Meringue with Hybiscus Gel

The prominent octopus theme of Murakami’s exhibit is naturally represented in the ingredient list here (like the roasted beet risotto with charred octopus, and in the wild Octopus Michelada that Market’s mixologists make with Twin Sails dungeness-crab-infused beer) but there are subtler homages to his work as well. “In conceptualizing this menu, careful consideration was given to colour and texture,” says Nakano. “We wanted to create a bridge between his stunning artwork and the plate, and hope guests enjoy our flavour interpretations of his artwork.”

Roasted Beet Risotto, Charred Octopus and Nori Tenkasu
Octopus Michelada

Murakami’s Flower Ball is riffed on with a floral panna cotta, an airy dessert best paired with a Sunflower Sour cocktail—a gin-based drink that features a wafer-printed replica of the painting itself nestled in the egg-white foam.

Madai Bream, Sunchoke Soup, Sorrel and Tonka Beans
Sunflower Sour
Grilled Wagyu Flat Iron Steak, Celeriac, Tamari Demi-Glace and Périgord Black Truffle

Try the Murakami-inspired tasting menu for $120 per person, and when your belly is full, snag tickets to the exhibit (you can get them right at Market) to complete the experience. Both are works of art—and a feast for the senses.

Murakami Tasting Menu

Now through February 28
Market by Jean-Georges
1115 Alberni Street


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