Sounds Like Schwa
Schwa is kind of a difficult place to describe, because it's such an eclectic bundle of everything, that you just have to experience it yourself. The exterior of the building looks like it should be condemned, but it's actually structurally sound. Upon entering you'll be greeting by the always hustling, yet always friendly staff, who will get you to one of the only 26 seats in the small but comfortable dining room. Heavy metal music is played at a pretty high decibel, and actually gets inside your brain at times, but for some odd reason it totally works in this place. The ceiling is mirrored, the light fixtures are mini works of art that literally looked cobbled together and hang from above, and to get to the bathroom you actually walk through the kitchen. But once you indulge in all that is unique and wonderful about the place, then you can settle in and indulge in the Michelin Star food. Anything is fair game here, from Fruit Loop inspired courses, to a curried paste that came in a real-deal petri dish, to the crab that was perched on top of a glass of smoke where you removed the top to inhale the flavored scents and then ate the crab. And we were told not to 'play with our food' as children. All I can say is that Schwa's Chef Michael Carlson surely did NOT heed that advice growing up, and as a result we get to reap the benefit of his creative food fantasies coming to life.
By Matthew Keesecker, AFAR Local Expert
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