Ever travel abroad and eat something that tastes like dirt? Now you can do that a bit more literally. A French restaurant in Japan has put dirt on the menu. Actual dirt. Tokyo’s Ne Quittez Pas offers up a seven-course dinner for $110 with dishes like dirt soup (with potato starch), salad with dirt dressing, dirt risotto and dirt ice cream.
Don’t worry, the dirt isn’t just shovelled up from behind the restaurant. It’s actually composted soils that are tested for safety and purity so you can rest assured you’re getting top-of-the-line dirt for your hard-earned yen. And it’s not like the chef is some yahoo who dreamed this up on the playground. He trained in France and has worked for a number of Michelin-starred restaurants and even won a TV cooking show contest with one of his dirt sauces. The reviews, so far, are pretty good.
This definitely isn’t the first time humans have consumed dirt. For thousands of years, humans have eaten dirt for nutritional and cultural reasons all over the world. So it’s definitely not just a French thing.