I am curious to find out if there have been other experiences similar to ours. My wife and I went to Charlie Trotter’s for our anniversary. We have been to a number of the top restaurants in the US and abroad, and we were very excited to finally dine at Charlie Trotters. We now live in Chicago, and given its reputation, we were really looking forward to ranking this restaurant up with the very best. However, we left very underwhelmed.
The meal started out on a very bad note, as the menu listed the first course as Blue Fin tuna. Although the waiters brought out a sardine dish that was not very good, and they offered no explanation as to the change. We thought it was just the amuse, but the next course was right in line with the 2nd dish (which in of itself wasn’t that exciting either). Despite continuing a little perplexed, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th courses were superb and right in line with what we were expecting: complex, inventive dishes that were paired excellently with the wine. But just as it was picking up speed, the desert courses were back to sub-par. They brought out one dish, and immediately brought a second desert course. This would have been fine, however all 4 plates had ice cream on them, and we felt as if we were up against the clock to eat both dishes quickly before the ice cream melted. Lastly, the night finished on bad foot as well. We look over to the table next to us, and the Blue Fin tuna dish that I mentioned earlier was being served…and it looked excellent. Kind of felt a little cheated to be served Sardines when the table next to us got Blue fin. All in all, the dishes were well excecuted, but the meal as a whole seemd rather disjointed.
I really don’t mean to be critical, as I rarely complain about meals. But when you are paying $700+ for a dinner and only 3/7 of the courses are up to expectations, we left with a bad taste in our mouth. I haven’t given up completely and be interested in another try, but it really made us scratch our heads. Any thoughts?