Introducing the next level in luxury desserts: the $A188 silver-and-platinum-coated tequila doughnut.
Yes, you read that right.
The Patrón Platinum Doughnut is the creation of chef Björn DelaCruz of Manila Social Club, a Filipino restaurant in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood. DelaCruz previously developed the Golden Cristal Ube Doughnut, a champagne-and-gold-foil treat. That one was priced at $A188 a pop.
Platinum is even more precious than gold, though, so DelaCruz decided to push the envelope even further.
Curious to see what a platinum-crusted pastry might actually taste like, Business Insider attended a taste test for the new pastry.
“It’s not like any other doughnut you’ve ever had before,” DelaCruz warned us before we dug in.
The doughnut was inspired by Gran Patrón Platinum tequila and Patrón's 'margarita of the year' recipe, a spicy jalapeño and rose-accented concoction.
Here's a closeup of the silver-and-platinum-foil-topped doughnuts. The flakes of foil are weightless, and, even in the enclosed environment of the restaurant, fluttered in a non-existent breeze.
So what's in them? Technically, these are rose-petal doughnuts filled with cream and a spicy ginger-jalapeño margarita jelly. They're then slathered in a sweet tequila frosting and decked out with those sparkling sheets of edible silver and platinum.
The limited-edition sweets are available to order through the restaurant for the week of Cinco de Mayo only.
Here's DelaCruz explaining the ingredients. 'When you eat this, you are not eating a margarita doughnut,' he reminded us. Instead, he's deconstructed the flavours of a margarita and used those to inspire a new flavour experience in doughnut form.
Approaching one of these feels almost sacrilegious -- they're works of art. They're oddly weighty, too.
Beneath the silver exterior, the dough itself is a dark purple colour: it's made with powderized rose ashes. It's light, not cakey. The bulk of the doughnut, though, is the whipped lavender-coloured mousse filling. The silver foil sticks to your fingers as you eat, but it has no flavour.
Instead, what you get is a very light rose taste with lingering hints of jalapeño spice and the subtle tang of tequila. It's fragrant, with a sweet finish.
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