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  1. I had a chance to go tonight and love the space. I had the salmon and the chicken that others have described far better than I could! Loved both but my chicken arrived when I was half way through the salmon. Consequently it was almost cold by the time I began eating it. I will be back but hope the kitchen can work on the timing issues.
  2. Not being from London I'm pretty sure the answer is that the Ledbury came first. I'm not sure if this was mentioned in another thread but I thought it very odd and obvious. I've never observed such in any NYC restaurants. There are of course only so many proteins and the same seasonal ingredients seem to be on every restaurant menu at times, but I've just never noticed such similarity in preparation.
  3. I had a wonderful meal at Pollen Street Social my first night of my mini London vacation last week. I had the tasting menu at the bar and though the service was excellent (although always very different at the bar) and the food really great. I don't know if it has been mentioned in another thread, but I had lunch the next day at Ledbury and was very surprised by the similarity of a few dishes on both menus.
  4. I'm so torn. When I first saw news of this pop-up which happened to coincide with an already planned trip to London, I had to go. But I will be visiting from NYC and I can go to Per Se anytime at a much lower cost so it seems a bit silly to spend so much. And I've been to TFL so no need to have the experience transplanted although it perhaps would be an interesting comparison.
  5. I'm debating add Pollen Street Social to my agenda for a quick London trip next month. I will be traveling solo and it seems that on the reservations page you can reserve a seat at the bar - however I'm not clear if this is the regular bar or the dessert bar. Also might anybody know if the full menu is available at the bar? thank you!
  6. Curious if anybody got through to the reservation line today?
  7. Luckily I was in the first wave and got tickets for the week I had already planned to be in Chicago in June. As someone who views a great meal as entertainment or an event - conceptually it makes sense to treat it as I would a concert ticket. I'm also one who rarely cancels - especially a hard to come by reservation.
  8. Some of the misinformation in previous posts is truly shocking. I'd highly recomnmend putting the film Sharkwater on your netflix list if you haven't seen it. It is a completely eye-opening documentary, not to mention is beautifully filmed. http://www.sharkwater.com/ I would also encourage you to check out the great work that Shark Savers is doing around the world. http://www.sharksavers.org/
  9. There really is no feud with Trotter. I think the press has blown those parts of the book out of proportion which Grant has tried to explain in some interviews this week.
  10. mxkupc

    Ai Fiori

    I was there this past Sunday night and thought all of the food was fabulous. I had the tasting menu (mare e monte, tortelli, agnello and baba al rhum) and loved everything. My only small complaint would actually be with the service. Maybe I've just gotten too picky but expect more at this price point. I went through a course and a half with an empty wine glass and wasn't asked if I wanted another drink. I also though the timing between courses felt a bit rushed, but then we sat for almost 30 minutes post dessert until we could get the server's attention to ask for our check. I'm not sure if any of the courses will stick in my mind for months as the fusilli at Marea does, but then Michael White has set the bar pretty high.
  11. I also read it in 2 days. Totally fantastic. Extremely well written (even more surprising coming from 2 non-authors) and riveting. My admiration and appreciation for Chef Achatz has grown immensely which I didn't think possible. I'm thankful that he and Nick managed to find each other. Even better that I was able to get my book signed today!
  12. I somehow managed to get an e reservation for this coming week. I'll try to post a short review. Unfortunately I just had to cancel my Twist reservation as I had made it for the same night.
  13. I was slighly confused at the start (do you seat yourself...is there a hostess?). But very much enjoyed the concept and the space and loved having something to watch. I was seated at the raw bar station but we ordered from two others. The menu is slighly overhwelming at first, but everything we had was excellent. Will absolutely go back! Also a really great place for dining alone.
  14. I too am very glad that I ignored previous discussions of the Chocolate dessert. Prior to this course I felt that this was the best in 3 previous meals at Alinea. They were all fabulous and I keep wondering how it can get better, but it does. I was beyond shocked and pretty much speechless when chef Achatz showed up to create it. When the server initially said that the 'chef' would be by, I was thinking he couldn't possibly mean 'The Chef'.
  15. This year I actually had the most difficult time I have had getting through in 4 years. I did get a busy signal for about 30 min to the point that I was panicked and convinced I'd never get through. All worked out though...I got my first choice time and date.
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