Was debating on whether to go to the aforementioned Pacific or Anzu for the DAT $29.95 dinner. Called Anzu first and got a reservation so off I went.
Free validated valet parking is also a bonus. The restaurant wasn't as big as I thought it would be. There are regular tables as well as a sushi bar. The clientele was 75% Asian with most of them looking like Japanese men on business. The place was only about 2/3 full.
As far as I could tell, my group was the only one sampling the DAT prix-fixe dinner. Everybody else was having sushi platters and sake.
Here's the breakdown on what was served for the DAT Special:
The first course offered three choices: 1) Tiger prawns, 2) Raw tuna with rice, 3) a mixed green salad.
I had the tuna and it was quite tasty with the sesame seeds. I would make this a meal with a larger portion.
The second course also had three options: filet mignon with mashed potatoes and beans, 2) Chilean sea bass with polenta and porcini mushrooms, 3) some vegetarian entree (I forgot what it had).
I had the bass which was very moist, but a bit salty with the soy sauce influence. The polenta was underneath the fish and complemented it nicely. Another member of my group had the beef which was very tender and cooked just right. The only problem was that the mashed potatoes were on the cold side.
There was only one choice for the dessert: chocolate torte with vanilla ice cream. Not really what I would have ordered but it was decent, but a bit too rich.
Overall, the food was quite good. Wine prices were not overly expensive for a high-end hotel restaurant. The service was above average by the supporting staff. The water glasses were never more than half empty before they were refilled again. I rarely saw our waiter after ordering our food until the check came. Although I saw the DAT menus at the front entrance, it seems you have to request them since all tables (including ours) were only given the regular menus upon seating.
It's not your regular hotel restaurant and I would probably eat here again. I'd like to try their Sunday brunch someday.
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