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Shameful dinner at Daniel


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Shameful dinner at Daniel

Orik | | Jun 4, 2000 09:16 AM

It started with sitting on a small stool in the lounge (as all the tables there were taken, including one that said "reserved" for the entire 30 minutes we were there), hardly a promising start to an evening, but forgivable considering the difficulty in timing this huge feeding range. We were then seated at a table that was about 10 inches from the next one, something I'd accept in a bistro, but not here (so we had to resort to our good old means of faux-privacy - speaking Hebrew).

After contemplating the menu selection for a few minutes, we decided to go for the 8 course tasting menu. It started off with a good cucumber soup with smoked salmon and caviar and with a way too sweet carrot soup with shrimp (well, it could have been tofu for that matter, the soup was just too sweet to know). Next came a tuna tartar that mostly tasted of mustard and a nice "waldorf salad" with crab meat. From here on, things got worse, out of the remaining dishes, 5 were using the same beef broth that unfortunately, was as salty as the dead sea. When it started in a pasta dish, it was still edible, but the squab, the short ribs, the lamb and everything that happened to touch that broth had to be scraped clean before it could be eaten. The only response we got from the waiter was "oh, sorry for that". Cheeses (I know I wrote about this here before) looked just like what I got in the grand central market the day before (in fact, it would not really surprise me if they were from the same importer) and were all under ripe and mediocre. Desserts were ok, except for the odd choice to serve a petitfour seemingly made with pistachio extract. Finally, the tea was described by her as being "much like the hot water my polish grandma used to drink".

Wasted $440, won't go back there, didn't seem they cared.

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