Well, I have to say that overall, it was fabulous, but there were some annoying little niggly bits...well, really only one.
I had made the reservation early, and when asked if it was a special occasion, I told them it was to celebrate a year of life I might not have had, thanks to the horrendous motorcycle accident. I wonder why they asked that, really, because here I was expecting a special end to the meal, and not a thing..oh, they knew..as the host said"Yes, I remember the note" when my fiancee reminded him at the beginning of the meal, and also as the sommalier, an ex motorcycle racer herself, eagerly told me she was so happy I survived as she had made it through quite a few really nasty crashes herself. Did any special celebratory thing come out? Nope, like the poster below, apparently I was asked about special occasions just to make conversation on the phone. I did see desserts with candles and masses of servers heading off to other tables...but I guess my occasion wasn't special enough.
Let me take a moment to talk about the sommalier. She is a STAR. I called Friday night to ask what wine to bring, and read her a few choices from my cellar list. She asked me to bring a few, so she could pick the best matches. And did she EVER! She also ws the most gracious and wonderful member of staff, very warm and wonderful.
I was well taken care of, changes were made to my servings of the tasting menu to accomadate my nut and oyster/clam/mussel allergy-hazelnuts not used in a sauce and the oyster first course swapped out for canpachi, which was faboo. At one point, chef even came out to ask if seeds were okay. I shook his hand. (Huh, he didn't mention my special occasion either..but he WAS on top of my allergies, allowing me to survive the meal!)
The buffalo rib eye, later down the line, was better than the finest kobe, in my mind. They ran out early, so I'm glad we got some. I think it went amuse of yummy chees ball things and mushroom soup (with foam, I know he has to have foam in there somewhere),Oyster for finace/campachi for me, spot prawn, scallop, bass, sweetbreads, bison, cheese plate (paired with an amazing port) and dessert. They brought me a chocolate dessert, cause I asked them to, which was really nice.
I daren't type the price...cheaper than Spago's taster, but not by much..but the food and allergy accomodations, as wel as the AMAZING service from the sommalier was worth it.
I left a note on the back of the reciept, praising the food and sommalier, but mentioning that perhaps asking me if it was a special occasion should have meant that they MARK it some darn way, as I was kind of disappointed. You spend so much on a meal, a glass of free bubbly, and extra dessert, or, heck, a friggin candle in something might be nice.