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  1. i think the creativeness and variety of the dishes definitely factors into my enjoyment. many of my friends would prefer a good steak. for me, it could be the greatest steak in the world but it would still be just one experience rather than many. or maybe i'm just strange that way. as for ordering, i would probably just wait until the tasting menu changed before going back.
  2. How was it? ← I had been back in February/March but had an emergency issue at work and spent my time shuffling back and forth between calls outside and the meal. Didn't remember a thing about that evening and there's no way I should not be remembering a meal at wd-50. We had the tasting menu (of course): Smoked eel, butternut squash, pickled ramp, cocoa nibs - This was one of my favorites. Everything went together so well. If I closed my eyes, I would have a hard time placing some of the flavors but it was a great start. Foie gras, candied olives, green peas, beet juice - the foie gras was a terrine and when you cut it, the beet juice ran out. The candied olives were strong and I really liked that but my dining partner thought it overwhelmed the other items. Shrimp cannelloni, chorizo, thai basil - the cannelloni shell was made of shrimp and the inside was a data paste and chorizo. I never really tasted the chorizo and while it was good, there were more satisfying plates. Beef tongue, fried mayo, tomato molasses - i wasn't crazy about this one. she liked the fried mayo. Carrot-coconut "sunnyside up" - this one was the most fun. we were amazed when this "egg" turned out to be carrot and coconut. break the carrot and it ran just as an egg yolk would. the consistency of the coconut was EXACTLY like an underdone sunnyside up egg. i tried the carrot first, then the coconut. big mistake. didn't like either one. however, after mixing them together the light sweetness of the coconut mellowed out the flavor of the carrot. Hamachi, plantain gnocchi, nasturtium, coffee - very nice but again, no wow. Carrot confit, hibiscus sorbet, crispy lamb belly - this one was interesting. depending on how i placed the items on my fork, it tasted differently. i found that having the lamb hit my tongue first and the sorbet hit my tongue last worked the best. i don't remember from biology where the various taste buds were but that's where i enjoyed the dish the best. when the sorbet hit my tongue first, i think it numbed my tongue ever so slightly and then i got nothing out of that bite. Squab breast, encrusted golden beets, sweet potato juice - i thought this dish was lovely. eat the squab or beet separately and it's ok. put them together and everything just goes. Tomato sorbet, olive oil powder, toast - i couldn't figure out if this was supposed to be a savory or a sweet. maybe it was the palate cleanser. i could definitely taste the tomato but the olive oil powder was extremely light. very nice segue to my favorite item of the night. Lemon curd, basil meringue, huckleberry - BAM! loved this one. i don't even know what to say. my absolute favorite dish on this tasting menu. Butternut sorbet, pumpkin seed cake, chocolate soil, mole - this one was ok. i couldn't taste the pumpin in the cake as much as i would have liked. the chocolate soil was very nice. Cocoa cotton balls - another very cool item. how do they get the cotton candy into the truffle. turns out they wrap the cotton candy as tight as possible and have someone with chocolate in their hands make a ball around it. i love chocolate truffles. Finished the meal off with a nice double espresso and i was ready for bed. This was one of the most enjoyable meals i've had this year. The only remotely negative thing i would say is that there may have been a bit too much use of sorbet and dehydrated items. with the temperature dropping quickly, it may be time to move away from sorbets. but it was a wonderful evening and i'll definitely have to go back in the spring.
  3. I've got 7:30 reservations tonight. Looking forward to some fun creativity.
  4. Zuni's a great place for a meal...but I wouldn't consider it a "last meal" kind of place.
  5. Besides Manresa, I'd say La Folie.
  6. I had an 8pm reservation at Manresa last Wednesday. I dined with a friend and his wife, celebrating her birthday. Our menu follows: Petit fours "red pepper-black olive" Radis au beurre Stonefruit with hibiscus and strawberry Corn Cromesquis Tomato soup, barely cooked, fennel tuile Arpege egg Marcona almonds with rosemary Corn and tomato salad with basil - new version English pea and foie gras royale Striped jack, sashimi style, with local olive oil Shrimp and watermellon on the plancha, avocado and vanilla Horse mackerel, warm roe with cucumber Bronzini, tomato sofrigit, lemon basil Confit of kid goat, joe's turnips Squab breast, raspberries crushed with hazelnut oil Prime beef roasted in suet, trumpeet mushrooms Cones: assorted sorbets Raspberry souffle with white chocolate Chocolate marquis, condensed milk ice cream Petit fours "strawberry-chocolate" The hits for me were the red pepper-black olive petite fours, arpege egg, corn and tomato salad with basil, english pea and foie gras royale, and squab breast. It was an amazing meal and service was excellent. My friend kept laughing that I was grinning from ear to ear every time a new course came. Note: modified because I hit enter too quickly
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    I was in San Francisco last week and ate at Delfina on Thursday. When I called for a reservation on Monday, the only thing I could get was at 5:30. However, we were seated promptly and had no issues with the service. The food was good but not exceptional. I'd definitely go back for a nice solid relaxed meal.
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    Slightly off-topic but do you really think any of the Time Warner restaurants get additional traffic from passer-by's? I don't know that anyone would walk by Per Se (can't get in anyway) or Masa and decide on the fly to plop down $1000 for a dinner for 2.
  9. hshiau

    Shake Shack

    I did EXACTLY the same thing!! I figured on such a beautiful day that there would be no way it was closed. We also ended up at NY Burger Co. I liked their burgers better when I ate there last summer. Somewhere along the way, they've taken a wrong turn. Cold mushrooms and onions on an overcooked burger. Oh well.
  10. Since Blue Hill is highly recommended at eGullet, my wife and I are going there for our anniversary tomorrow night. We'd love to do the tasting menu but my wife doesn't really like fish and there seems to be quite a bit of fish on the tasting menu. Since everyone at the table must have either the tasting menu or the a la carte menu, do you think they would do something different on the tasting menu for my wife?
  11. Thanks for all the great photos! The meal certainly was a work of art. It looks like there's a lot of unique serving pieces. Does anyone know if they were designed specifically for these dishes? Also, the fried bread looks like it's sitting on a folded napkin suspended in mid-air. Was someone holding it or is there something missing?
  12. This has been a great thread. We're on our way to Kauai this coming Sunday. Going to stay a few days each at the Sheraton, the Princeville, and the Hyatt. That should get us some good eats all over the island. We're going to try to do some upscale dining but, with an 8 yr old, would like to stick to more casual, local fare. I know seafood is excellent in Kauai but since neither my wife nor my daughter are into seafood, we're going to need to find other choices.
  13. holy cow! these are the best pictures i've ever seen anywhere! great job. and this was LUNCH?!?!? that's quite a mouthful.
  14. I'm back! After months and months of blowng it off, we're finally moving forward. We've picked a contractor and a cabinet place. We're trying to finalize the floor plan now. Going with wood on the cabinets, plain doors, maple with a chestnut finish...probably. Granite countertops, granite floor, unsure of the backsplash. GE Profile JGS968SHSS or Kitchen Aid KGSA906PS slide-in range. GE Profile GDS18SBRLS or LG LRDN20724ST refrigerator. We're thinking the LG because it's a bit narrower but it's deeper by 3 inches. Any thoughts? Bosch SHY56A05UC dishwasher. I'll post the new layout (not too much different) as soon as I get a soft copy.
  15. Um. Diet coke IN the cereal? ← Isn't this from Laverne & Shirley? Didn't she have cereal with pepsi or something strange like that...not to say you're strange.
  16. hshiau


    I went to Nobu Next Door with a couple of friends tonight. We started with the Tuna Sashimi Salad and a New Style Whitetail Sashimi. Then we had the Broiled Black Cod with miso, the Chilean Sea Bass, the Eggplant Special with Shrimp & Scallop and a special of the day...a Lobster Tempura with black truffle butter. The stars were the cod and the eggplant. The sea bass just didn't do it for me and I couldn't taste the truffle in the lobster tempura. I'll need to go back to Nobu and do the omakase sometime.
  17. Then I suppose you'd really be upset if I had my laundry and dry cleaning picked up and dropped off with my doorman, my groceries delivered by Fresh Direct, and my drug store purchases delivered as well. I wouldn't ever have to get out of my pajamas!!! Ok. I don't do this but it is available.
  18. What's the great evil in menus slipped under the door? They're a lot more useful than most of the junk mail I receive, and I never know when I'm going to want food delivered. I put all of those menus in a drawer, so they'll be there when I need them. ← I would get 500 menus with many duplicates. Also, I have an 8 yr old daughter and would prefer not to have strangers wandering around the building.
  19. If you're in your pj's and drunk when you've ordered a food delivery, I guess you'd be lucky the doorman was with the delivery man!
  20. Our building has a doorman and a concierge. No delivery people are allowed up without an accompanying doorman. This way, they aren't wandering around the building dropping off menus under every door. It works great for us.
  21. While we don't do it often, I like to sit side by side. I feel it's more intimate. If we want to hold hands, we don't have to do it over a candle and the table settings. Besides, it makes it easier to talk about the people sitting at other tables if we can both see them! :)
  22. Good to know. Thanks! We're also considering, since we're venturing all the way out from NY, if we should spent a few extra days either at another resort on Kauai or fly to another island. I'm limiting my hotel choices to Starwood since my sister works for them.
  23. Wow. Perfect timing. We're planning to go to Kauai end of March. My wife has a conference over at the Hyatt. Never been and would love to know places to go near the Hyatt.
  24. If we're talking about hiring a housekeeper, why not go the extra step and hire a cook? ....if the idea is to spend more time with the kids.
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