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Maestro? Did I miss something?

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Maestro? Did I miss something?

merritt | Mar 29, 2005 12:57 PM

I took my husband to Maestro this weekend for a birthday celebration. I specifically requested a quiet table as I am hard of hearing and was pleased with our location, which was semi-private, but we had a view of the rest of the dining room.

The service was lovely, if cold, and the food was...okay. Two of my five courses were sublime, and two were so repulsive I only ate a bite or two. Little did I realize how incredibly tiny the portions are---or I would have cleaned my plate every course.

All our courses were served lukewarm. Not so bad for the veal, but a bit off-putting with the fonduta appetizer (which was so mushroom and truffle oil-heavy that at room temperature it had a rank rotted flavor). Also my penne with crawfish, served tepid, was unpalatable. Perhaps had it been warm or even hot, I would have finished it.

I respect any restaurant that only seeks to satiate its customers, not stuff them. After five courses at Maestro, however (including a cheese course that, with four selections placed on my plate, perhaps totaled an ounce of cheese), I was starving. Embarrasingly, we actually ordered a pizza late that night because we were so hungry after our $360 dinner.

The setting was beautiful, and the service smooth. The sommelier was wonderful and made excellent recommendations which we followed. The rest of the staff was efficient but seemed at times as if they were on auto-pilot. I was surprised no one asked me about the courses I barely touched.

To sum it up, I'd say Maestro was a great experience, but a paltry dinner. Perhaps I'm just not sophisticated enough! Cheers.

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