Food - Drink
Le Bernardin's 'Secret Menu' Egg Dessert Has A Devoted Fanbase
BY TALIN VARTANIAN
Secret menu items have a certain allure to them, and while chains like Starbucks and Shake Shack have well-known secret menus, other eateries are more secretive. One hidden treasure at renowned New York spot Le Bernardin comes from former executive pastry chef Michael Laiskonis, and it's still available upon request today.
Laiskonis’ simple yet luxurious dessert is aptly named The Egg, and consists of an eggshell filled with milk chocolate pot de crème and caramel foam, topped with maple syrup and a pinch of salt. It's a petite dessert that can be finished in just three spoonfuls, yet its decadent flavor and creative presentation have earned it a cult following.
Pot de crème is a French custard, and the ingredients for a chocolate variation often include egg yolks, sugar, heavy cream, chocolate, and milk — though the simplicity of the ingredients is overshadowed by the lengthy and technical cooking steps. The final result is like a chocolate pudding, but much richer, more refined, and flavorful.