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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Daravara - Occam's Razor

Daravara nudged itself onto the corner of 124 Street and 107 Avenue a few months ago with nary a squeak, tweet, or chirp. This is quite the contrast to the usual onslaught of social media marketing, in an age where enigmatic tweets and cryptic instagram photos routinely precede grand openings. No; Daravara just opened. Period. Like they used to.

How, then, does Daravara's voice rise above this pervasive yet necessary virtual din? The answer, quite simply, lies in their strict adherence to the Principle of Parsimony - also known as Occam's Razor. This paradigm espouses simplicity and shuns complexity for complexity's sake. This Principle dictates a balance between too many and too few parameters in an equation or model and states that, among a series of competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest parameters ought to be selected. In the words of Albert Einstein, one must strive to make things "as simple as possible, but no simpler."

The burden of proof lies within Daravara's seamless ability to create dishes that are as simple as possible, but no simpler. Beer nuts, for example, encircle whole hazelnuts with coarse, crunchy salt and generous lashings of maple sugar. The latter presents as spicy and exciting, thereby offsetting the hazelnuts' dark, woodsy oeuvres.

Hush Puppies are gloriously, unabashedly deep-fried oblate spheroids. Neither too greasy nor too dry, these crispy-steamy creations bask in the company of a creamy, buttermilk dip that evokes a certain nostalgia for sour cream and onion potato chips.

Finally, Chicken Tacos encompass a duet of toothsome tortillas crowned with large shreds of fowl and several jaunty hillocks of shredded radish. Decisively charred edges bespeak the grill, and an intermediary of wilted kale salad invokes a hearty dose of greens.

All of these dishes could have been - unnecessarily - more complicated. But they aren't, and they don't need to be.

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