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Gorikee: Just don't see the fuss...

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Gorikee: Just don't see the fuss...

JF Fresser | Oct 24, 2004 08:58 PM

We tried Gorikee this weekend, after reading the hype that's been posted in recent months (as well as the naysayers' rants, who've banged on the place). I have to say that the "nays" have it in this case -- at least for my tastes.

The staff is well-meaning and the service attentive, but the food is just average and the ambience of the place -- even at that price-point -- leaves much to be desired. The kitchen seems sort of rudderless -- the "melange" of sauces, toppings, ingredients appears more to be an attempt to be all things to all people, instead of having a distinct style (except for its billing as a garlic restaurant -- whatever). The lone, pleasant exception was the warm, crusted goat cheese salad, which was quite good. Otherwise, much of what we had -- salmon, seabass and chicken entrees -- was just really mediocre.

As I said, it's disappointing in part because the people running the place are just so nice. For our money, though, we think Cafe Bizou is a far better option: significantly larger menu, excellent cost-value relationship (at prices similar to Gorikees), nicer decor, excellent food and ungodly low corkage fee.

To each his own.

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