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A fancier dinner - more help narrowing down the list

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A fancier dinner - more help narrowing down the list

Juniper | May 4, 2006 04:40 PM

Thanks to everyone for their input on my post a few days earlier... I'm looking forward to my trip. :)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I only have one dinner free and it is somewhat of a special occasion. Thus, I want to make the best choice with regards to the restaurant.

I've further narrowed down my list to three:
La Brunoise
La Chronique
Anise

I need a bit more help choosing the winner though. And the specific criteria relevant here are the following:
- Good service. My dining partner is a stickler for good service. This means changing cutlery after each course, keeping water/wine glasses filled, good timing of courses so we don't feel rushed in any way, and simple courtesy without any pretense.
- Good value. We don't mind dropping $500 for a meal, but we want to feel as though it was worth the money spent. This means favourable food freshness to food price, food execution to food price, and food innovation to food price ratios.
- Ambience. Not so much in the decor, but more in the attitude of the patrons and staff. We're looking for a place that makes you feel like you're at a friendly neighbourhood house party - laid back and boisterous, kind of like APDC. We don't want anything too formal or staid.

Do you have any comments about the three restaurants in the running with respect to the criteria outlined above? Does any one restaurant win out over another, in your opinion? I'm leaning towards La Brunoise for the ambience and value, but Anise sounds like it would have an interesting menu. Would La Chronique solve my problems - a combination of the best of both La Brunoise and Anise?

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