When celebrity chef Eric Ripert sat down at a Manhattan brasserie recently to chat with a New York Times writer about his upcoming memoir 32 Yolks, he ordered a cheese soufflé. “To me, there’s something magical about soufflé. To this day, when I see a soufflé rising, I’m mesmerized. I’m just like a kid again,” Ripert told the paper.” We totally relate. We've never been able to resist the pillowy deliciousness of a perfect soufflé, in any and every flavor. Luckily, the soufflé is having a mini-resurgence on menus, and here's hoping the retro French classic wil soon turn into a full-blown trend. From blueberry with whipped buttermilk to an Asian-inspired green tea version, here are five standout soufflés you don’t want to miss.
Blueberry Soufflé at Herb & Wood, San Diego
Top Chef Season 3 finalist Brian Malarkey and his business partner Chris Puffer are making waves in San Diego with the new Herb & Wood. On their dessert menu, one of the must-order items is the baked-to-order blueberry soufflé with ginger root ice cream. It's finished off tableside, as your server slices it open to pour in whipped buttermilk and fresh blueberry compote made with berries from a local farmer’s market. Photo by Lyudmila Zotova.
Chilled Cheesecake Soufflé at Morimoto, New York City
At Manhattan's Morimoto, famed chef Masaharu Morimoto and his team combine Western and Japanese ingredients and techniques to create one-of-a-kind dishes, like the chilled souffle cheesecake. Orange cream, blood orange foam, fresh berries and strawberry-red wine sorbet come together for a killer dessert, artfully presented with a shower of colorful flowers and fruits. Photo courtesy of Morimoto New York.
Green Tea Soufflé at Umi, Atlanta
Jennifer Lawrence, Quentin Tarantino, Liam Neeson and Scarlett Johansson are fans of Atlanta’s Umi, where chef Fuyuhiko Ito serves elegant Japanese cuisine and stellar sushi. The perfect cap-off to an Umi dinner? The green tea soufflé, which gets its striking color from green tea powder. Photo by Angie Mosier.
Smoked Salmon Soufflé at Rise No. 1, Dallas
Rise No. 1 in Dallas is all about the soufflé, hence the restaurant's name. This is where you go if one soufflé option on the menu just won't do it for you. Choose from the roster of sweet (think bread pudding and praline pecan) and savory (like the exceptional smoked-salmon soufflé), and pair your picks with excellent wines from the well-curated list. Photo courtesy of Rise No. 1 Instagram.
Key Lime at Marais, Grosse Pointe, MI
The classic French restaurant Marais in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, does a showstopping key lime soufflé, but the name of the dessert doesn't even do it justice: The soufflé is also made with pineapple, mint and creme anglaise, for a spectacular flavor combo you'll be thinking about for days. Photo courtesy of Marais.
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