Centro opened in the mid 1980's with great fanfare. I never went. Free parking is impossible in their neighbourhood. Today I saw a coupon, $59 for $140, Monday to Friday, $120 on the weekend.. So I thought, what the heck, maybe I'll spring for parking. Then I looked at the menu, extracts below.
Summer Vegetable Salad
beet stained poached egg, carrot puree
fried taro and beet chips
Quinoa, pearl barley, beet, olive
cherry tomato with brown butter-yogurt
Confit artichoke, crushed potato, aspiration
lemongrass ginder beurre blanc
Like, trout is $5.00 a lb whole. The whole plate has less than $2.50 worth of ingredients. I thought , what do they do to the fish to have it cost so much?
Then I saw below that vegetables are extra- $8 a side.
Potato Gratin | 8
Broccolini | 8
Fingerling potatoes | 8
Sauteed swiss chard| 8
They are not even appelation controlled organic, albeit they are comfort food.. I gasped- literally- in wonder and surprise that they were extra and at the price. And this was before I even thought of tax and tip. (According to the group menu, I am expected to tip 18% pre-tax.)
I did see in their group menu #1 that the lettuce presentation has been hand picked.
What gives? Is it simply that I have had a Rip van Winkle experience and this is how it is now- a -days?