Some people save for a big house, some save for fancy cars, I save for meals in great restaurants. My wife and I love good food -- we live in New York City, which is blessed with some of the world's best restaurants, and seek out the best we can find wherever we travel. I seldom review famous places because there's little to add to the general knowledge. "I also love Jean-Georges" is not useful information. But this time my experience contrasts rather sharply with the general opinion.
Our vacations are often guided by visits to well-regarded restaurants. Not all those meals have been great, but they've mostly been at least interesting, even if we didn't care for a particular chef's approach. We've been eagerly anticipating our evening here. Reservations were difficult to secure, but we managed to get a table midweek.
We had the tasting menu, accompanied by a bottle of nice Pinot Gris. The evening started well with a playful radish macaroon amuse bouche, but save for one dish, it was downhill from there.
The food is a throwback to the worst aspects of nouvelle cuisine of the 80's -- minuscule portions of painfully overwrought, unnecessarily complicated food arranged artistically for maximum visual effect. This approach was justifiably ridiculed and abandoned a long time ago by most serious restaurants. Here it thrives, to the detriment of your appetite and wallet.
Imposing, intrusive and self-important service didn't help matters. The staff was eager to show off their knowledge, and rather cold when we pointed out some less-that satisfying dishes. "I'll inform the chef" was the only response. Nothing was done to address our dissatisfaction. The only exception to this catastrophic meal was a single scallop. Oh, make that half a scallop, in a lovely broth. And the wine was good, but grossly marked up. We left very underwhelmed and quite hungry, minus 240 pounds.
Ever since Michelin expanded their range internationally, it seems that they feel obligated to award tars in every major city. Marting Wishart is not deserving of a Michelin tire, much less a star.
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