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MSP-Disappointed with La Belle Vie

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elrushbo | | Jan 19, 2008 08:47 AM

Had the Lounge Tasting Menu last night, similar to the regular 5 course menu. Had their truffle chips, ok but tasted like they just opened up a $2 bag of chips and marked it up to $5. The amuse, a little crab cake, was good. First course was was some kind of fall pasta, had squash broth, what tasted like pancetta, that course was spot on! Second was dourade, on asparagus and a couple sauces, again, good, not incredible, but good. Third was duck, which was terrible. Way undercooked, tough, and the sauces with it not particularly flavorful. Dessert was lousy. A plate that had a dollop of white chocolate ganache, which was good, then a little flourless chocolate cake, ok but not special, then a little molten chocolate cake-terrible!! It was crummy, flavorless, tasted like it came out of a Holly Hobbie oven.

Overall, I was disappointed. The service was excellent, but I expected a home run with the food and it wasn't even as good as Cosmos or Chambers Kitchen or even 20.21, all of which have far better ambience. I was expecting a home run, something worthy of a Michelin star after seeing the reviews, and it wasn't. Especially for the price, which is very high for Minneapolis. Spring in Chicago was far better, and less expensive. I'm feeling kinda soured on Minneapolis restaurants-if they aren't going to be worth the $$ I'm just going to wait until I'm in Chicago or Vegas and pay the big buck for food that is worthy of it.

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