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Re: “Ruth's Chris Steak House

I went to Ruth's Chris during restaurant week because of their great three-course set menu deal for dinner at $31. Having been to other Ruth's Chris restaurants in the US, I was excited to have another one of their steaks, which is simply seasoned and served on a sizzling plate without all the crazy sauces that other restaurants like to pour over it.
Overall, the ambience was pretty good. We ate in a room upstairs and it was still possible to have a conversation in a normal voice, though the people at the next table can definitely hear you. Unfortunately, it took some time to get the attention of a waiter to take our orders (in fact my fiance had to go out to the hallway in search of someone who would help us), though the people at the next table were seated after us and immediately had a waiter attending to their drink and food orders--he apparently wasn't assigned to our table. Generally I don't mind waiting a bit but at this kind of restaurant I expect more attentive service.
My appetizer was a shrimp gumbo, which tasted pretty good but I could only find 1 small shrimp. The entree is where they let me down the most. I ordered the 12-ounce rib eye which I know is not a lean cut of meat. However, my serving had several large pockets of fat, making up at least 20 percent of my stesak. It made me wonder whether they served this due to the lower price of the Restaurant Week deal. The bread pudding dessert was pretty good.
In general, it was a decent dinner but I was left disappointed as the Chicago restaurant experience was nowhere near as good as those I have had at Ruth's Chris elsewhere.

Posted by Yung-Yi Hsieh on 02/29/2008 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Cotes du Rhone Bistro

It was Monday night after Mother's Day, so there were only 3 other tables taken at the restaurant. Service was very friendly, prompt and attentive. We brought our own wine. The salad was good, fresh ingredients. Duck liver pate was good but couldn't taste the black truffle.. Pork tenderloin was very tender and the sauce seasoned just right, it came with a hearty portion of vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. The mussels (an appetizer I ate as my entree) were amazingly delicious--a bit of sweetness from the shallots, and not even a hint of fishiness which is pretty rare for this dish in general. The broth of shallots and garlic cream sauce that came with it was so addictive I literally drank or soaked up every last drop with my bread.
There didn't seem to be much emphasis on food presentation here, but they more than made for that in the size of the portions. We were amazed at how much food was on our plates at a french restaurant, and didn't have any room left for dessert.

Posted by Yung-Yi Hsieh on 05/17/2007 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Coobah

The wait was a bit long, the bar area crowded, and at times you had to shout across the dinner table to talk but that's to be expected at a good restaurant on a hopping Friday night. We ordered several rounds of drinks--they make especially good mojito's at Coobah's. Service from the restaurant staff was very attentive. We enjoyed the pork skewers (just the right amount of zing) and the chilled peppers stuffed with cheese. Chef Andy personally brought out our food and the presentation was very appealing. I ordered a chicken dish that was amazingly tender and melted in my mouth. The beef tenderloin was also excellent. Overall it was a very festive environment, the food was terrific and we will definitely come back.

Posted by Yung-Yi Hsieh on 05/01/2006 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Sangria Restaurant and Tapas Bar

We had a 10pm reservation, but arrived a few minutes early. 15 minutes and a carafe of mango sangria later, we checked back with the hostess and discovered she had forgotten us. We were then seated immediately. The mango sangria was quite good, we questioned whether it had enough alcohol in it but after downing the first glass in 2 minutes and being hit by the alcohol, determined that it did! It was quite pricy though, $19.95 for the "full pitcher" = carafe. Once seated, the service was not too bad. The waitress and bus boys were attentive with filling our water glasses and bringing more ice, as well as taking away the dirty dishes. However, they brought over almost all of the tapas we had ordered at the same time--it would have been much more effective (for our crowded table as well as our dining experience) if they had spaced out the timing of the delivery. Food was better than I had expected from hearing previously mixed reviews. The grilled calamari was my favorite, the stuffed rellano pepper with cheese/corn/mushrooms was a close second. We also had a few slabs of raw tuna that were excellent. The chicken and spinach empanadas were pretty dry and a bit bland (however, tastes great when dipped in the stuffed pepper cheese mixture). Also, the skirt steak overcooked and hard to chew. Overall atmosphere was decent, it was definitely loud in there but we were still able to converse. The restaurant crowd was mostly in its 20's, with many suburban tourists as well as birthday parties.

Posted by Yung-Yi Hsieh on 08/20/2005 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Svea

Decent swedish food, however, the sausage left much to be desired. They ran out of some food that we wanted but then again, we arrived after the lunch rush. Would still prefer to dine at Tre Kronor instead.

Posted by Yung-Yi Hsieh on 02/27/2004 at 7:17 AM

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