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8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo - An Underwhelming Michelin 3* Experience!


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8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo - An Underwhelming Michelin 3* Experience!

Charles Yu | Mar 15, 2013 09:16 AM

Since my foodie friend and I were told, through regular channel, that the 3* restaurant - 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo was fully booked for the next month. We decided to try our luck instead by 'walking in' at a late hour on a week day! To our surprise, we were seated at 9.45 pm yesterday evening!!

Being pretty late, instead of a full blown tasting menu, we decided to go 'a la carte' instead.

Our meal include sharing the following:

Amuse Bouche of Cured Salmon with Salmon Tartar mousse layer.

8 1/2 Seafood Soup - Shellfish, Zucchini "Trombetta" and Fresh Herbs

Marinated Beef Tenderloin - on Carpaccio of Vegetables and Crispy Parmesan

Spaghetti with Seaffod Ragout and Sea Urchin

Tajima Beef Tongue & Beef Cheek - Braised in Red Wine with Blackberry and Spices Compote

Persimmons Sorbet Tube with Strawberries and berrioes compote

This Michelin 3* Italian Restaurant must have one of the most simplistic food plating and presentation of all the 3*s I have eaten in, worldwide! However, what was lacking in visual appeal, they did try to make it up in most of the food!

A few examples included;

The Seafood Soup, which was very tasty with perfectly timed and executed seafood. However, for that price, I was expecting more than just one thin slice of scallops, lobster and white fish.

The Pasta dish was tasty. But when they said 'Sea Urchin' on the menu, they really meant it!! They just give you one piece!! How stingy! BTW, New York's 2* Marea offers a similar one but IMO tasted better and costs less!

The Beef Carpaccio was soooo ordinary in presentation and taste, I was surprised it was featured in a 3* menu.

The Tajima Tongue & Cheek was definitely the high light of the evening!! Fork tender and coated with such deep coloured wine reduction. The taste was equally impressive. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about those whipped potatoes!! If that was a Michelin 3* effort, then L'Atelier Robuchon's potato must be awarded at least 6*s !!! The veggies was perfectly cooked though.

Plate presentation for the dessert finally gets a thumbs up. Unfortunately, the taste was rather one dimensional! No matter how many pieces of Gold leaves they put on the dessert, I doubt they would change the opinion on how dull tasting that dessert was.

IMHO. the meal I had at the 1* L'Altro was much more impressive! ( review and photos coming )

Well! You win some, you lose some!!

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