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Le Relais in Great Falls/menu "specials" pricing question

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Le Relais in Great Falls/menu "specials" pricing question

GregJ | Dec 9, 2002 11:56 AM

We had a fine dinner on Saturday night at Le Relais in Great Falls, VA -- Yannick Cam's current venue. Both the food and service were of very high quality. We ordered a number of items from the list of daily specials, as described to us by our highly professional waiter. We did not inquire about the price of the specials and were surprised at how far out of line they were -- at least the ones we ordered -- with most of the items on the printed menu. Examples: my bowl of chestnut soup was $21, far more than other soups. My excellent entree of turbot in a grapefruit reduction was wonderful but cost $44, while most regular entrees did not exceed $35 or so. Perhaps these prices merely reflect the cost of the ingredients (e.g., white truffle shavings in the aforementioned soup). Is this sort of aggressive pricing for off the menu specials common at high end places such as this? I'm not complaining. We could have asked (and we plan to go back, we liked it so much). Just curious.

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