Timberlake joked with the staff on a recent visit three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Needless to say, being one of the most recognizable pop stars on the planet has its benefits, and if recent Instagram posts from Justin Timberlake are any indication, those benefits include the chance to drop into one of Chicago’s best restaurants during your tour stop in the city.
After performing at the United Center on Tuesday and Wednesday night, this year’s Super Bowl halftime star took Thursday as an opportunity head to the Michelin three-star “not a restaurant” Alinea (1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614), the Grant Achatz-helmed fine-dining joint that’s regularly named as one of the best restaurants in the country. As part of its modernist flare, Alinea has become especially well-known for its far-out desserts which include an edible helium balloon and another dish (if you can call it that) where the staff “paints” on your table.
Timberlake was clearly smitten enough with both items that he deemed them worthy of videos posted to his Instagram account. In the first clip, the singer—known for his voice—shows off how it sounds with a bit of a helium enhancement, saying that he’s “just hanging out at Alinea eating sugar balloons” in this altered high pitch.
In the second video, Timberlake—who clearly understands spectacle based on his videos and live shows—is in utter awe of “paint” dessert. Then the third video provides a glimpse into how this course goes down, showing the staff in action. According to Business Insider, servers walk around essentially going Jackson Pollock-style on your table with ingredients that can include poached blueberries, strawberry “magic” glitter, coffee rum reduction, vanilla yogurt pudding, white chocolate mousse, and mint cotton candy.
Knowing a good performance when he sees it, Timberlake even quips, “Yo, y’all wanna go on tour,” as he practically follows the staff out of the room. Frankly, it would certainly make for an awesome addition to any show, but if you think the ticket prices are high now, just imagine what they’d be if they included a $385-per-person meal.