Menu wo Douzo : Here's the Menu - Menu 2 Chapter 7
The kitchen during food preparation was basically off-limits for outsiders.
In this case, Shiori, Lia and Dinan were the only non-outsiders.
The rest, even the Prince, was an outsider, and he was not permitted to step in.
“I wonder if the kitchen is in the state of war today as well?”
Maximillian asked Elda who was distributing the aperitif. He looked decent after a leisurely hot bath and change of clothes, and currently was relaxing on his own seat in the restaurant’s private room. The dark-skinned fairy nodded with a charming smile.
“Of course, Your Highness.”
“It’s good that the restaurant is thriving…what do the customers feel?”
“They are all very satisfied. They were astonished that parallel world cuisine can be this delicious. Moreover, the dishes increased magic power, although it differs according to the person.”
Elda smiled sweetly.
“Is that so. If it increases your magic power, then you will try your hardest to eat it and just treat it as medicine, but it’s unusual that Shilly’s dish increases magic power and yet is undisputedly tasty.”
“Does Veeda know? That her cooking is special.”
“I told her that her dishes increase magic power, but she doesn’t seem to get it. Shilly doesn’t have any fixation towards magic power since she came from a parallel world.”
The appetizers were Moa shells and marinated Limar octopus caught from the lake in front. The contrast between the green color of leaf vegetables and the red color of octopus was fresh and appetizing.
“So Moa shells can taste this sweet.”
“These half-raw ones are delicious. I like them raw as well, but I think they are sweeter half-raw.”
Maximillian’s close associates are his schoolmates during his childhood. There are a lot of sons of high nobility with refined palate among them.
Since he received education for a knight’s role, he could eat any food no matter how awful it is, by thinking of them as survival.
“For the soup, we serve Lalda mushroom consommé.”
Lalda mushroom is a mushroom you can only find in the Grand Labyrinth. It is about the size of an adult’s arm and is quite nimble. When a person bite it, it attacks by spraying numbing spores from its body.
Since Shiori only knew this mushroom as an ingredient, she would be surprised to find out that it was actually a monster.
“To think this damned mushroom can be made into such a delicious soup.”
“Where did you put the mushroom in this?”
“She said something like dried them and made them into soup stock.”
There was no mushroom form in this glittering golden soup.
Only a bit of chopped spring onion and aromatic croutons were floating there.
One mouthful of soup contained a complex taste of deliciousness that spread in your mouth. Maximillian believed the taste that felt like it permeated through his body was a masterpiece that couldn’t be tasted otherwise.
The Royal Chef was also good at his job, but Maximillian liked Shiori’s dishes much more. Needless to say, he loved her puddings, but he liked all of her other dishes.
“All of you became very quiet.”
Elda snickered. Elda was originally the head of court lady in this villa. Because she had known Maximillian since he was little, they acted somewhat relaxedly when no outsiders were around.
“Because we weren’t eating decent meal in the labyrinth.”
The one who spoke bashfully was one of the guards, Keith Salguis. He was the son of a lord in Salguis region, and was known as a swordsman. Because his older sister was married to Alexander, Maximilian’s second older brother, he had a close relationship with the royal family.
“I feel like I am revived.”
The one who breathed a sigh of relief was Ishurka-Geiss, from the same group of guards. He had a mixed blood of human and fairies, and was known as a magic researcher. He was also well-known as a magician, because he was not simply a researcher, but he had his own high level of magic power as well.
“Today’s fish menu is butter-grilled Poir sea bream.”
Slices of fish grilled with butter until charred just right were placed over tomatoes, on top of that was green vegetable paste dressed with butter, and sauce made with soy sauce was poured to bring out the flavor.
“This is tasty.”
“This sauce is the best. There is plenty of butter, but it doesn’t taste oily thanks to tomato and green vegetable sauce.”
“As expected of Shilly-chan.”
“The portion is a little lacking for me.”
“The portion is just right, isn’t it? There is still meat dish after this.”
The secretary, Willard Rendell said that they wanted to proceed with delicious food with all their might. His muscular body was twice as thick as Mellory who sat beside him. His shoulder width was twice of his as well. Surely he looked more like a guard than a secretary.
“This is an Oots sorbet.”
Oots are the most popular citrus of this season. They look like summer oranges, and their texture and taste are similar. However, the skin and the fruit inside are green-colored. Shiori felt that they are a little out of place.
Although they had had frozen desserts before, the one brought in a sophisticated dessert called ‘sorbet’ to this world was Shiori.
Sorbet is popular among men who don’t like sweet things, and you can eat them at the café and bar inside the hotel.
“Sorbet from this restaurant is my favourite.”
The one who was eating the sorbet joyfully was the Head Guard, Linden Votos. He was the oldest and the only married man among Maximillian’s close associates. Since his wife was a guest room attendant at the hotel, there was nobody who had never seen them eating lunch together happily in the courtyard.
“All of the dishes here is delicious. Veeda’s skills are top notch.”
“In the beginning, I made nothing but terrible stuffs, though.”
In the beginning, Shiori who was not used to ingredients and cooking utensils from this world cooked terrible stuffs you wouldn’t think of putting into your mouth.
Even after she got used to the cooking utensils and began to make things resembling food, honestly, she cooked a lot of dishes you wouldn’t eat if they didn’t have the benefit of increasing magic power.
“Veeda Shilly is a studious and wise person. Honestly, to be able to cook properly in less than three months…I was surprised that she can cook dishes that people here think are delicious, and just in a year become popular in neighboring countries. The other day, the Queen of Kisdia pestered the Crown Prince to let her try the sorbet.”
“It went according to plan.”
Maximillian laughed meaningfully. Despite his adorable look, his expression was wicked.
His close associates said that his inner self was even more wicked, but the said person was never concerned with what people said.
For Maximillian, there is nothing as disgraceful as not doing what one ought to do.