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Le Cirque review (long)

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Le Cirque review (long)

Gourmonster | May 28, 2006 09:19 AM

Mind you, reviewing a place that isn't officially open yet might be unfair but hey - you want to know some things right?

Decor: Simple, understated with some odd choices. The biggest of this being the strange shelves wrapped around a pillar in the middle of the dining room. It looks dated and very out of place. On display is a various collection of monkey statues and some kind of large award given to Sirio (I guess his large ego is still intact). It doesn't blend well with the rest of the room and from many of the tables, the light/alarm box is full visable at the bottom. The waiter station/compter is not far away and once again is visable from many of the tables (in an annoying kind of way).

Service: The old school servers were efficient and spot on. The younger servers seemed like they have never worked in a restaurant before. The server with the bread selection made a decision for us the first time without asking. He just plopped down some rolls and never uttered a word. The appetizers came and were placed the wrong way (corrected by an older server). Entrees for 2 of us had sauces but the server almost poured the fish sauce on the duck and vice-versa. No explaination was made of any of the dishes or the ingedients. Any questions at the younger servers were met with puzzled looks like they weren't aware that a pop-quiz was scheduled for today. None of us felt like this was a special evening. For those prices you should be fawned over more (we weren't).

Cuisine: The kobe beef ravioli app. was not well received by 2 of our group but the pea and mushroom app. was a big thumbs-up from the other 2. The warm lobster salad was bland and rubbery.
Better luck with the entrees. The fish dishes went over very well as did the duck.
Desserts were a supreme disapointment. The souffle was mushy and bitter. The parfait was an odd mixture of textures and flavors, hard to eat and basically unsatisfying. The figs were drowned a fruit sauce (I can't remember if it was cherry or rasberry) that overpowered the rest of the flavors represented.

Bottom line: Needs a LOT of work. They really should re-think some of the design choices. The prices are astronomical (as you expect) with little "bang for your buck". I want to go back in a few months when they work the kinks out.

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