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Re: “Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

We went to the KitKat Club to celebrate a birthday and to see the entertainment - we were not expecting quality food. However, we were wonderfully surprised. There is a massive martini list (Tuesday nights martinis are two for one) as well as other interesting cocktails. The halibut dish was innovative and tasty. The strip steak with blue cheese sauce was cooked perfectly. The other dishes were all highly rated by the other diners in the group. The major disappointment was that there was only one performer on a Thursday night. She/he did change wigs and outfits at least 4 times during the evening but it would have been nice to have had at least one other performer. Great fun for a girls night out.

Posted by Mary Smith on 03/17/2006 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Sweets & Savories

We had reservations for Saturday night at 8:30 for 7 people. Due to the weather previous parties had turned up a bit late so we stood at the very minute bar - when we were seated, maybe by 8:50 pm - we were served complimentary mussels that were excellent. The waiter suggested we have the "tasting" menu which is prepared with fresh ingredients and is never the same. We were not offered menus so we don't know what was on the menu - neither did we know the price of the tasting menu. We had probably 3 appetizers which were okay - the foie gras mousse was not a hit at our table. (I love foie gras and it should not be "moussed". Didn't taste very good and did not hold up well on the plate.) The scallops on lemon-flavored risotto was fabulous - a real winner. There was another fish dish that was good also. The beef short rib on grits was another winner. After about 10 small plates, the desserts started to arrive. There were at least 7 slices of dessert and most of them were fabulous. A couple were flavored with lemon - a little overdose of lemon. Only 1 chocolate dessert and it was served at the end so only a couple at our table even sampled it since we were all stuffed!! A group like ours usually orders only 1 or 2 desserts to be shared and here we had at least 7 to share!
It was definitely delicious but hard to enjoy when you are ready to burst. As a finish, they did give all of us a homemade truffle - but again, too full to eat them. I would recommend going there only after not eaten anything all day. Way too much food. We were a little startled when the bill came - we weren't expecting it to be so pricey in a small neighborhood storefront restaurant. The desserts were truly an overkill. Smaller portions would not have been so wasteful. I'm sure desserts are the speciality - hence the name but enough already. Considering there were three parties with over 7 people, the service was well paced and the servers were great. I'll make it a point to go back and try to see a regular menu. Maybe a salad and entree might have fit out bill a little better. The room is nice enough, and we were able to carry on a conversation. There were a few wines available in the $28-32 range. We did see a table that had brought their own wine, so there must have a corkage fee policy.

Posted by Mary Smith on 02/05/2006 at 12:56 PM

Thinking this was a "hot" restaurant, we were so excited to get Saturday night reservations only two weeks in advance. There were six of us for a celebration dinner and thankfully we had a couple of bottles of champagne and some appetizers before we got to the restaurant. The menu is limited which should mean most everything is fresh. No one had a "starter". There were three snacky items on the table when we sat down and they were quite tasty. Popcorn tossed in truffle oil and homemade potato chips. Three people ordered salads and two of those salads were shared (avg price $11). When shared each person received about 5-6 pieces of greens. Almost embarrassing small servings when shared. The entrees ranging in price from $26-32 were very small. Two people had the sea bass and it was very good but small portion. One person had the scallops and there were 6 in the serving. Two of us had the beef tenderloin w/beef shank. It was just enough. We had three bottles of wine for the six of us. No one in our group had dessert and by looking around they looked interesting. All in all, I think the restaurant is certainly not "hot" anymore as there were several empty tables on a Saturday night. All of us felt that it was about 30% over priced and nothing special. None of us will go back to spend those kind of $$ on average food. They did serve a couple of amuse bouches throughout the meal (maybe to make up for the time lapses from the kitchen). The meal took almost three hours - okay for us because we are all friends and had plenty to talk about. However, I think that three hours for a 2-course meal is a little lengthy. Don't know where Esquire got the idea that it was one of the top 20 new restaurants in America in 2005. Maybe a payoff Chicago style?

Posted by Mary Smith on 01/20/2006 at 8:57 PM

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