Dear people who have put favored opinion of Vincent here, you may want to dine around a bit more to realize all you get at Vincent is a fancy corner with Orchestra hall in sight.
Alright to the food. I started with a French Cabernet ($10 glass), now from the taste I can tell this bottle has been left open for far longer than one should, beyond that, I can buy a bottle of Cabernet from napa valley with more nose, texture, flavor and finish than what they served for a lot less. May be I am being too picky on wines, so lets look at the appeitizer which was 'calamari and braised duck'.
Very interesting choice, I was intrigued if those two go together, well after eating I can say, no they don't. Duck was decent, a little over cooked but may be I am not educated in french preparation of duck, although it tasted more like a chinese recipe especially with pickled vegetables in it. Calamari was cut in rings and just dropped over it, no preparation, overcooked and almost felt like eating rubber bands. Again, may be I am being too picky and calamari is supposed to be served blend, overcooked with no seasoning in French cuisine.
Next comes the Vincent burger, yes the one which has been praised by many on this blog. I can point out 50 spots in twin cities with better burgers. For $15, this burger is a disgrace. Again may be with all the dutch cheese I have eaten, I am being picky on gouda flavored paste they put on the burger, I mean how much more you would need to charge before you can cut a slice of decent Gouda and place it in a burger. The beef had no flavor, it was cooked well, I will give credit for it, but if you are going to compete in minneapolis, you have to season your meat, bring out a unique flavor and finally, while I can forgive most mistakes, for a restaurant to call itself french and then serve a soft soggy bun is nothing more than insult to a burger and anything French. Seriously, frozen packaged fries on the side....these days food carts with 5 dollar burger cut and serve fresh french fries.
The chef at Vincent should be happy not to live during the French revolution because this was the meal that would have gotten him/her in front of line to guillotine.... Good bless the first amendment, right to free speech and right to serve whatever crap you can cook and call it french.
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