I know this must be one of the more common questions asked on this forum and I have read many, many a write up, thought and tale about how good one is vs another, how one disappointed and one who's wine pairings were a let down. I still am no closer to deciding where to venture and am after a few more thoughts, if possible!
A little background. Travelling form the UK two of the three of us (one from Caymans), all very good friends and good eaters/drinkers. Have eaten at some pretty good restaurants in our time, Fat Duck, Noma and El Celler Can Roca and liked aspects of all of them, FD still stand atop the list as best eats. I am after one meal, a friday night, to say bye to our friend heading back to Cayman, so where do I go of the starred places in town? I know chasing the stars is sometimes wrong, but alas I do it and am willing to take the hit of criticism it sometimes get. I would expect we wil end up with a tasting menu (but wouldn't go beyond ALC) and will drink with it, possibly pairings (although some tales on here sugest not always best option) but happy to go by the bottle (would love to continue my exploration of US wines if possible). We will have travelled down from Sonoma/Napa and will try and get to somewhere there (missed TFL, am on waiting list) although have a plce with kitchen so also hope to cook a lot.
On the list are those mentioned in the subject, I am already planning on eating cheaper during the day. We are staying out in Richmond and have had recommendations for the eateries around there, so will try one of those if time allows. I am also up for trying Nopalito to try some mexican cooking and Cotogna is also on the list.
Any thoughts most welcome, or throw me some more questions if that will help clarify. Or do I sack off the starry places and try somewhere else, Zuni for that SF/Cali feed?
Thank you again in advance (some already helped me out elsewhere on the boards)