You can eat Murakami-inspired food at this Vancouver restaurant


The colourful artwork of Takashi Murakami is now gracing the inside (and outside!) of the Vancouver Art Gallery. To go hand in hand with the stunning visuals of the exhibit, neighbouring restaurant Market by Jean-Georges at the Shangri-La Hotel is dishing up a creative new limited-time Murakami-inspired menu.

Available daily from now through February 28, this unique tasting menu is an elegant way to pair a visit to the art gallery with a visually stunning meal.

Market Executive Chef Ken Nakano’s dishes are inspired directly by individual Murakami pieces from the exhibit.

The retrospective’s titular piece, for example, is the touch point for a dish of Roasted Beet Risotto Charred Octopus with Nori Tenkasu, while the wildly bright “Flower Ball” is represented by a Floral Panna Cotta.

“Murakami’s work is ambitious and intricate, filled with boundless imagination, bold colours, and a dedication to exquisite craftsmanship, not unlike the culinary world. We wanted to create a bridge between his stunning artwork and the plate, and hope guests enjoy our flavour interpretations of his artwork,” says Nakano.

The cost for the tasting menu is $120 per person.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where ahe earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: