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Why Bibou doesn't deserve Four Bells...

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Why Bibou doesn't deserve Four Bells...

george2 | Aug 30, 2009 12:38 PM

... and why Django didn't either.

Bibou deservedly received a Three Bell or excellent rating by LaBan. He also gave Django the same rating when he first reviewed it. Having been to Bibou four times and Django about a dozen, three bells is correct. While the design and execution of the food was outstanding (4 bells) at both, they had to limit their menus because of their size. Other factors that weren't 4 bell worthy included overall atmosphere/decor, noise level, table proximity and very good but never outstanding service.

LaBan fell in love with the original owners of Django and while the four bells allowed them to sell the place for top dollar, it also put pressure on them to live up the the rating. To me, a four bell restaurant is quiet, comfortable, treats me like a king and serves creative, well-executed food with wow-factor presentation. All that takes a lot of staff, which requires a lot of money. Those restaurants, such as LaCroix, charge accordingly. Bibou and Django stand out, in part, because they serve phenomenal food with limited resources at an affordable cost.

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