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Lake Tahoe's West Shore Cafe - YIKES!

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Lake Tahoe's West Shore Cafe - YIKES!

MSK | Jul 31, 2007 09:17 PM

Let's face it, it's a gorgeous location. Boating in for dinner, dining al fresco
on the pier with ample heat lamps, watching the reflection of the sunset across
the lake and a beautifully appointed Inn and restaurant building. Awesome!!

But $45-$50 entrees in a casual mountain resort?? I think they are trying to
re-coop the cost of the delays and over expenditure of the development. What are
they thinking?

I knew ahead of time that the restaurant was considered pricey but we were looking for a special evening. And..............I was still shocked at the menu prices.

Our fellow diner of 6 is in the wine industry and laughed when he saw the wine
list. "He's got guts" was his response.

The evening's menu addition was a Kobe beef and lobster "Surf and Turf" at
...hold your hat......$115.......really.....$115 for an entree!!!!!

The food was beautifully presented and excellently prepared. No one had a
complaint and everything was truly delicious.

Our choices:
ORGANIC BABY LEAF LETTUCES
montasio cheese, black walnuts, asian pear
HEIRLOOM TOMATO GAZPACHO
santa barbara spot prawns, basil crème fraîche
NANTUCKET SCALLOP & RED PRAWN
truffle gnocchi, white port sauce
"CHU TORO" BLUE FIN TUNA
golden beets, grilled baby octopus, olive vinaigrette

(we shared 3 apps and 1 entree)

Although it was quite dark when we were served, I saw beautifully prepared:
SPICE CURED SALMON “CAESAR”
little gem lettuce, parmesan crisp, creamy anchovy vinaigrette
BLOOD TRIANGLE BLACK COD
baby artichoke barigoule, beech mushrooms, parsley pistou
ORGANIC PRIME RIB
caramelized sunchoke, asparagus, truffle cabernet sauce

Dessert choices were equally tasty:
FARMSTEAD CHEESE SELECTION
chef’s accompaniments, walnut raisin bread
PEACH TART TATIN
lemon verbena ice cream, hazelnut praline
CRÈME BRÛLÉE
strawberries, orange zest cookie
PALETTE
ice creams & sorbet

The service was quite poor, however. Our head waiter was awkward, kept interrupting our
conversations and had an attitude that he needed to do so. A request for bread from a very hungry diner was curtly met with "when i'm done." Simple requests for
things like turning the heater down were treated as bothersome. We ordered 3 apps. and they were all delivered at once (even though we requested that they be spaced out since we were sharing). When I tried to surreptitiously inform someone that it was our guests birthday, I could not find a single member of our team and had to inform the bartender. A request for only 3 of the 4 choices of ice cream was answered with "I'm not sure the chef will be willing" (he eventually was willing). Nothing that matches with the caliber of establishment that they are trying to achieve.

Our portion of the bill came to close to $200. We won't be returning often. This is a shame because we travel here very often and would love to have found a exciting new spot to visit on our frequent visits.The area is aching for some new, approachable and exciting restaurant "blood" since Wild Goose went private.

I miss the old West Shore Cafe in the tent.

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