Had a dissappointing Italian/Mediterrean meal at Harlans today.
The two of us (both chowhounders from Toronto) started off with a few French Belons and US west coast Virginicas oysters. ( 2X North American pricing! Size half as small! ). For primis, we had Taglatelli with garlic and clams and Linguinne with simmer crab in a shrimp sauce. Pasta was perfectly al dente and tasted good, but not great. For the mains, we had the Wild sea bass with caviar,wilted spinach and champagne foam as well as the Wood oven baked king prawns stuffed with crab meat served with ratatoulli and Spanish ciscimmi sauce (?). Plate presentation was borderline boring! and so was the taste!! For dessert, we had creme brulle 3 ways and Italian pana cotta with seasame crisp and Bailey's foam. Both desserts were the highlight of our meal. Beautifully presented and tasted superb. But, alas! the accompanying biscotti tasted stale! This was reported to our super friendly waitress who immediately brought us a much fresher tasting replacement. Unfortunately, damage has already been done!. Overall, the meal rated a 6/10. However, the attentive and friendly service plus the great view both earned top marks! Conclusions: Should have save the money for a Michelin star Italian meal in Tokyo next week instead!!