There are only a handful of events in a person’s lifetime that can be considered as life-changing. For me, there are a few instances recently that truly stand out as something monumental… where I actually recall being in that moment thinking to myself “this is unbelievable… this is really something special.” The sort of moment where you know that maybe this will never happen again – and thankfully you were able to step outside of yourself for a moment and quietly observe the magic happening at that moment.
The events recently have to be: getting married, my first gold record, headlining a stadium in Bulgaria in front of about 17.5K people, becoming friends with some of my longtime musical-heroes, my first home purchase, and my first time eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Two of my dear friends in Germany, Larissa and Kai (Larissa works at Roadrunner Germany, Kai is her boyfriend – a super cool foodie who knows some damn good eats and drink) were coming out to our Munich show; Kai’s cousin Jones worked at the time at what they kept telling me was “a pretty damn amazing restaurant.” I never truly got to bond with Larissa until the promo trip for In Waves. On that trip, we discovered that her and I, and Kai as well – all loved the truly good stuff in life. We got to know each other over some intensely delicious cocktails and wonderful meals.
We wrapped the show, Paolo and I quickly showered, and we hopped into a car with Kai, Larissa, and Jones. Arriving at the Mandarin Oriental in Munich, we knew we were in for something really special. The restaurant that Jones worked at at that time was Marks, a one-star Michelin restaurant. Having zero concept of what food at a starred restaurant would be like… we sat bewildered at the fancy spot we found ourself in.
I started with a beautiful Gin and Tonic to cool the excited nerves. Jones comes by and says we can take a peek into the kitchen… it must be how it feels to be backstage for the first time for a music-fan – I was reserving my giddiness, trying to keep cool as I looked on with awe at the impeccable kitchen – they moved like an organic machine… quietly each executing with surgical precision their task at hand. I thanked the staff for having us, snapped some photos, and headed in.
Words cannot possibly describe the breadth of the dishes we consumed that night, so I simply leave you with the descriptions and the photos. We initially were expecting a very hefty bill… and no, just because I’m in a semi-successful band doesn’t mean we get comped meals often; after the meal – we find that all food was comped and they simply wanted us to pay for the booze. Roadrunner paid for that. So… yeah… that night – (and I rarely do) I felt like a rockstar.
Mandarin Oriental Marks:
– Gin And Tonic
– Trentino Cabernet 2008
– Assorted Breads
– Carpaccio Of Salmon And Monkfish
– Wonton Of Foie, Foam Of White Truffle And Red Wine, Black Truffles On Top
– Sweet And Sour Soup With Langostino Out Of Fresh Water. Lemon Grass, Leek, Coriander. Shell Soup Based On Thom Tum Guw.
– Milk-Fed Veal With Black Truffle And Stir Fry
– Golden Cassis Raspberry Sorbet
– Southern Austrian Merlot Ice Wine
– House-Made Chocolates