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La Mer - Review

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La Mer - Review

torta basilica | Feb 2, 2006 04:30 PM

We had dinner revs for 8:30 Sun night & tried to change them to earlier with no luck, so decided to go on Monday at 6:30, flagrantly violating the 'never on Mondays' rule, but we kept our fingers crossed.

We were greeted & asked for a table away from the Lawn Show to the left. If you want to watch, there are great tables for this, but we didn't. Seated at a lovely table right in front of a large window, with the walkway & waves lapping below. To the side of us was a banquette for two that looked nice if you like banquettes. Gracious welcome (at least more friendly than the hostess) & 2 glasses of complimentary champagne were brought, along with 2 pastry & onion little turnovers is the best description I can think of. Pretty pedestrian. Our menus brought right away & explained - a la carte or tasting menu on the right. I usually would choose this, but it just wasn't all that appetizing sounding. They immediately tried to take our orders, but my husband asked them to slow down & that he would like a martini before dinner. They were a bit taken aback & asked what I would like - I said the wine list & that I would select a wine & have a glass of that while he enjoyed his martini. I ordered a bottle of Ramey Chard, which was the highlight of the evening. Husband specifically said please do not bring his martini til my wine was ready, but they did anyway. The feeling of being very rushed was hard to ignore. Amuse bouchees of cold tomato soup brought - boring. I ordered the foie gras 3 ways and the Nouilly Prat lobster & my husband the cold lobster appetizer & the lamb. His dishes were all 'fine,' if nothing stellar. My foie gras was basically inedible, which I won't go into again, but you can read the thread below for the gory details. No waiter showed up while I was trying to eat it & it was wisked away by a bus boy without a 'did you enjoy,' or anything. When the main entrees were served, I pulled the waiter aside & suggested they not serve the foie gras anymore that night - that it was off. I received a short lecture on not appreciating steamed foie gras. My lobster was ok, although not remarkable - the meat not the juicy, lobstery goodness I was expecting. Side of parmesan risotto was good. Guess I was still a little nauseous from the Foie gras & passed on dessert. The manager did come over & apologize & advise it was being taken off the bill. All in all, a bit of an expensive dissappointment. I was really hoping to finally find a good restaurant in Waikiki, no luck this time either. It's back to Alan Wong's & Roy's next trip.

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