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Vail / Beaver Creek


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Vail / Beaver Creek

chip | | Jan 23, 2007 12:00 PM

Recently ate at three places: Mirabelle, Sweet Basil and Sato (in Edwards). Of the three, Sato was the least disappointing; our expectations were modest and, although the sushi wasn't superb, it was certainly acceptable for what I'd describe as a friendly, neighbourhood spot.

Mirabelle is a very pleasant restaurant. The only criticism I'd note is that the restaurant used the same garnishes on more than one dish, including a $40 app with truffles. I'd suggest that if one is paying top dollar and expecting first-rate food, 'overlap' isn't acceptable . I would return, however, as the food was well prepared and the service fine.

Sweet Basil remains a mystery to me. The place was packed, but the food was entirely average. I had something they call 'deconstructed onion soup', but one might also have called it 'cheese sauce with a few onions'. It's apparently wildly popular, but I wouldn't order it again. I then had lamb, which was raw (as opposed to medium rare). I should have asked them to re-do it, but the place was jammed and I didn't have the patience.

On balance, my modest exposure to the area's restaurants was a touch disappointing.

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