So made it to Tangerine this weekend and thanks to everyone for the heads up on what to expect.
I was prepared to write up a negative review given my past experiences with Steven Starr restaurants but was pleasantly surprised for the most part.
Decor of the restaurant was quite interesting, liked the votives in the wall and wooden arches and drapes around the dining room.
Some items I didn't like are the inch gap between the carpeting and bare floor did not make for very level seating where we were. Also tables are too small, plates too big and glasses too high for the "family dining" concept.
Didn't pay much attention to the wine list, the few that I recognized did seem to be marked up quite a bit, I will report though that they seem to have heeded your complains about the prices for drinks and have since been cut down to a max of $8. Same goes for the food portions, thought they were well sized.
Now finally to the food, don't think the menu really qualifies for the advertised "French Moroccan" concept. The obligatory chicken tagine and couscous does not automatically qualify it as such, if anything I'd classify the menu more in lines of new American. Very bold and pronounced flavours which overall worked well.
Started off with a selection of crabcake, salmon ceviche and a special app. orange marlin with roasted peppers. No complains, all very tasty. Entrees of duck, steaks and sea bass too were quite good too. Desserts were probably the weakest section, daily special "poached pear in zinfandel" we ordered was wayyy overcooked to the point of being mushy, other items were not bad but overall limited and boring in contrast to the previous courses.
Service like most Starr restaurants remain the weak point, no attitude problem this time but just not very polished. Busboy assigned to our table was downright horrible, at one point he gestured with his head to one of our party to pass him a plate he couldn't reach. Additionally the walk way behind us would occasionally be interrupted by a waiter carrying a red bucket of ice from the kitchen to the bar, not very appetizing.
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