We went to La Chronique on Thursday for a special asian inspired themed dinner as we had intended to eat there for a long time based on rave reviews. Based purely on technique (not flavours, as that is highly subjective) I was actually appalled at some of the blunders that were made with the meal.
1-The shrimp entrée was so overcooked it was actually inedible.Think erasers.
2-The fish was served on a fried lentil cake. Interesting idea. Except the lentil cake was so charred that it was actually burned to the point of being bitter, as well as being sooo salty as to be inedible.
To put this into perspective, I actually oversalt my own plate and like my food with char on it...
3- The scallop plate was served with black beans-some of which were so undercooked that we had to be careful not to crack a tooth.
4- The dessert was a macedoine of exotic fruit-they were so underripe as to be completely flavorless and hard-(Hence the idea of serving them in a smalll dice I suppose).
I eat in all types of restaurants without much complaint, but certainly at this price point, I was in a state of shock.
The wines were great, the service was lovely. I didn't complain as the place was crowded and I didn't want to embarass my host or the other dinner guests.
Based on this one experience I would definitely not ever recommend this restaurant.