I just had a wonderful meal at Saison this past Friday. Everything was exceptional, rivaling the extended tasting menu I had at The French Laundry the following night.
However, I was left with a bad taste in my mouth after reading Bauer's article on the cost of fixed-price menus.
The article mentions Saison's tasting menu is $198, but $248 on weekends. I paid $248pp on Friday thinking that night's menu had more expensive ingredients on it, as their site suggests in their FAQ.
"The price of the menu is dependent on the price of ingredients."
Nowhere on their site does it mention a $50 premium on weekends.
I have no issue with paying more for quality ingredients, but looking at tonight's non-weekend $198 menu and the $248 menu I received on Friday, they're identical.
I think Saison is being disingenuous with their prices and I feel duped thinking I could have gotten the same wonderful meal for $50 less pp if I went on Thursday, which I could have easily done.
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