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Whist- a disappointment (though not massive -:)

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Whist- a disappointment (though not massive -:)

john gonzales | Jun 8, 2003 07:59 PM

Four of us went to Whist last night. The room is actually pretty nicely done. A London-looking Nabob meets modster. The bar area is a lso nice. By the time we left at 10:30 the place was replete with the requisite in-crowd. We were unable to get a table on the patio which looks very nice, but still got a nice booth in the main room.
The food was good-very good, which in the end proved somewhat a disappointment, based upon some very good reviews and hopes and the fact that it was pretty expensive. We paid corkage on a bottle of wine we brought, had between us two cocktails and two glasses of desert wine, 3 appetizers, 4 entrees, 2 sides, 2 desserts. With the tip and tax it was basically $100 a person.
I started with the Foie Gras. A large very thick piece that was seared, served with a toast point, and a slice of carmelized pineapple. It was not seared enough at all for me and really raw for most of its thickness. There was no sort of balancing sauce that I really enjoy, and the pineapple was just too simply pure sweet to make for that quintessential taste combo. For $21 it's a pass appie.
My wife and one of the others had the Tuna tartare. It was ok but not excellent. Not enough flavor accompanying the large chunks of tuna. What was also odd was that the chop-size and avocado ratio was different on the two orders.
I had the diver scallops which were pretty tasty due to the quality of the scallop, but the sauce and leeks? didn't add much. Wife had the short ribs which were also decent. I like things very cooked so I didn't mind, but my wife thought they were just too overcooked/dried out. I think my scallop plate sans much accompaniment ran $33.
We ordered a side of creamy polenta and one of msuhrooms. They were around $8. The polenta was actually the best item of the night, and large enough for all four of us to have a very small portion of.
I had a chocolate souffle cake, with a dallop of ice cream and some rasperry reduction sauce. It was good, but pretty average for a decent restaurant.
Two of us finished with a glass of 99 Kracher #2 TBA, which led to a good-bad wine event. They had no dessert wine glasses so the waiter brought basic chardonnay glasses which aren't really correct; but then proceeded to pour each of us about 6 oz. as if we were drinking Chard. Otherwise the red-wine stemware was decent. Perhaps a snub since we brought our own Mondavi Rsv. Cab (who knows), but we were left after opening to pour our own wine.
I liked the room, the service was average. I found the food pretty basic, with nothing rating a "wow". Not a disaster, but for basically top-end pricing; I'd surely prefer many other places in town. There was a tasting menu ($85, seven course?) which may rate a re-try but one of our four is pregnant and not up for the gorge so we weren't able to meet the whole table requirement.

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