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Re: “Tru

I was disappointed with my dining experience at Tru. While this level of fine dining is not a regular thing for me (as much as I'd like to, I just can't afford to dine like this more than once a year or so), I have been to some of the other places along the same lines of price and reputation, such as Alinea, and gladly pay such prices for exceptional food.

But Tru was not exceptional food. I hate to say it, but some of it was actually bad. We had the Chef's Collection, and of the ten or so courses, very few were at all memorable. The cheese and dessert courses were both wonderful, but most of the other dishes were lacking. All of the food meant to be hot was lukewarm - in fact, of all the things to arrive at our table, the single hottest item was the finger bowl.

I wish I'd gone somewhere else.

Posted by Annmarie van Altena on 05/07/2008 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Wildfire

Showed up on time for our Friday evening reservation, but still had to wait about 25 minutes for a table. But once we were seated, some really wonderful bread landed on our table and we were fine. And the red wine flight helped.

The spinach-artichoke "fondue" was as tasty as I've had, but there is nothing "fondue" about it other than it is served in a fondue pot with a candle underneath. French onion soup was also very good and rich.

We both had the special filet mignon trio, with different crusts. The parmesan and the potato was blah, but the others (blue cheese, horseradish, bearnaise) were all delicious. Cooked perfectly and very tender and flavorful.

A few complaints: The side of creamed spinach was inedible. Tasted like canned spinach that they just threw a little milk onto and called it a day. We each took a few bites and left the rest. I told the server, but he didn't take it off the bill (it was an extra charge - only a few dollars, but the gesture would have been appreciated). For dessert, the chocolate peanut butter pie had very little flavor, and barely even hinted at peanut butter at all. On the other hand, the ice cream sandwiches were tasty, but the portion was huge after such a large meal.

Posted by Ann Schneider on 10/02/2007 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Pannenkoeken Cafe

This place is very, very small. Possibly the smallest dining room I've ever seen in a restaurant (and I believe smaller than my own at home), so there isn't a lot of room to move around, or wait inside (and you will wait). The staff is pleasant, and the room is nicely decorated.

But those pannenkoeken - wow. I had the bacon and cheese, and my husband (who is Dutch) had the chocolate banana (we actually saw lots of couples getting the same two choices) and did our best to share. They were perfectly done, just enough crispiness on the edges, but very tender further in. The bacon is sort of arranged in slices on the pancake and the Havarti cheese is melted on top of each slice of bacon.

I want to go back and try every one of them, and then start on the other menu items. But I would then weigh one thousand pounds and wouldn't be able to fit in the room.

Posted by Ann Schneider on 10/02/2007 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Via Veneto Ristorante

The first time I was here two months earlier, it was much better. This time, we were seated right away (without reservations) but rushed through the meal. Our salads came before we really were able to tuck into the appetizer, and the entrees weren't far behind. Dinner for two on a Friday night - we were in and out in less than an hour total. Way too fast.

They do a delicious gnocci with ricotta, which I the only reason we'd return.

Posted by Ann Schneider on 02/05/2007 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Alinea

 

Posted by Ann Schneider on 02/05/2007 at 3:06 PM

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