Having been to several three star restaurants, we were looking forward to dinner at Le Bernardin, however, what we experienced was far below the standard set by Michelin.
First, the room is chaotic. Lots of servers, but they do not seem coordinated with each other, and instead of fluid movement that you don't notice, you could see them scurrying everywhere. There were also several wine stewards, but many just did not have enough knowledge to be working at this level.
The odd service could have forgiven if the food had been memorable. It generally was not memorable and in fact we had to send back one dish as it tasted like a salt lick. The signature stripped bass was burned instead of crispy and most of the sauces overpowered the fish in the paired dish. I understand that chef was not in the kitchen the night we were there, so I guess the staff got lazy.
In all we were charged a fortune for a mediocre meal. The only two components worthy of the stars were the bourbon and desserts.
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