I had the great opportunity to dine at the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant yesterday at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. As stated in a previous post, this “preview” restaurant is one that is fully powered by (and therefore dependent on) solar energy, so the amount of sunshine each day will determine the menu of the day. Catalan designer Martí Guixé developed the concept along with Finnish food visionary Antto Melasniemi. As Guixé notes, this is all about “food following nature”.
However, the weather yesterday was not exactly a great one for the solar kitchen, so our menu was an improvised one without the help of solar energy, yet all of us at the table including the designer Guixé enjoyed great food by Antto and great conversation. Take a look.
This is the setup behind the Triennale Design Museum in the gardens.
The line-up of solar dishes – each with a specific use.
Our table setup, complete with Alessi-themed wares, some of them designed by Guixé himself.
A little close-up of the table with Lapin Kulta beer.
A close-up of the cooking area.
Antto checking out the sky before determining the menu for the day.
I had to take a close-up of the beer. It’s a light beer that was great to drink for an afternoon.
Our starter salad.
Antto ready to serve the main dish – our tartare.
Here is the tartare – before and after…
We finish off with some wild strawberries.
If you are in Milan (especially today), do go to the Triennale Design Museum and head to the gardens. It is looking like a great day for some solar barbecue perhaps?
Triennale Museum, Garden
Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6