Wednesday, October 19, 2011
ZUMA AND THE WIZARD
Lunch today was at Zuma, #66 in the list of 100 best restaurants of the world. A Japanese contemporary izakaya in the spirit of Nobu's (24 restaurants) and Morimoto's (7 restaurants) Zuma was created by a German chef, Rainer Becker, with funding from India. There are now six of them throughout the world.
I had a cold Kawatsuru Fukuro Shibori Junmai Daiginjo from Kagawa, hot Kazakura Junmai Daiginjo from Kyoto and cold Kirin beer to go with:
- stir fried soybeans with chili/garlic/giner
- freshly seared wagyu sirloin tatami with black truffle ponzu
- shiitake mushroom skewers with garlic and soy butter
- miso soup with tofu/wakame/spring onions
- steamed rice with black sesame seeds
- jikasai tsukemono and
- chawan mushi with fruits and an Asti Spumante.
The meal was okay. I didn't realize that the wagyu beef was to be cold. The shiitake was fabulous. There was some fuss about taking photos, but that passed.
As hinted yesterday, I did go on to see Wizard of Oz today, with Michael Crawford as the Wizard and Danielle Hope as Dorothy. She got the role by winning a BBC talent contest, Over the Rainbow. Her age of 19 makes her a bit old, but Judy Garland was 17 when the 1939 film was completed. The movie ranks #10 (to Citizen Kane as #1) on the all time list, while Over the Rainbow is rated as the #1 movie song (As Time Goes By from Casablanca is #2), ever. Rainbow was very close to being deleted. "Toto (who is a Cairn Terrier), I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," is #4 of all movie quotes, while "There's no place like home," is #23.
Also playing in the West End is Wicked, the prequel of Wizard of Oz about the witches. Soon to film is another prequel to probably star James Franco with a current title of Oz. Going way back, there were three earlier films: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1910, the Wizard of Oz in 1925 and the animated Wizard of Oz in 1933.
Finally, you would think they would find a better way, but these performers now wear the microphone in the middle of their forehead. It's only a large pimple, but it kind of reminds me of those color spots worn in India, and is therefore disconcerting...to me. Also, today, I guess this must be more politically correct, but there were no munchkins in the Wizard of Oz. All that aside, I really enjoyed the show. I noticed that Judy Garland actually had a show here in the London Palladium: