Ne Quittez Pas (“Please don’t leave”) is a restaurant in Tokyo, Japan that is serving a ‘dirt course’. The French restaurant is known for its high quality produce and seafood, and just recently introduced this new offering for around $110.
Chef Toshio Tanabe once won a cooking competition with a dirt sauce, and this full-course menu is now completely based around the unusual ingredient. RocketNews24 went to sample the food, which included a potato starch and dirt soup, salad with dirt dressing, a dirt risotto with sauteed sea bass, dirt ice cream, and a dirt mint tea.
They report that the dirt is a special black soil from Kanuma, Tochigi Prefecture that is tested for safety and purity. It is from a company called Protoleaf, which creates the “eco-friendly compost” from coffee grinds and palm fiber.