Well, after reading numerous posts about the great burger, and the food over all at Comme Ca, I decided to try it for lunch.
Oh well, I've made bigger mistakes.
I should have gone with my gut instincts from my first impression, but I didn't and I stayed to order.
FIrst, It's not my kind of room. I don't like the stark black and white interior. I don't like the simple, institutional clean lines of the stainless steel bar, the flat metal barstools, and I really don't like the shiny plastic chairs.
When I was seated I was presented with a warm mini baguette wrapped in brown paper and a small ramekin of hard cold butter. they do not use bread plates. just the brown paper. I don't like that either.
I started with an iced tea and it arrived cloudy and below average.
The waiter came and I ordered:
I'll have the soup and a burger, medium rare
Is that the pumpkin or the onion.
What else are you having?
The burger, medium rare.
How do you want that cooked.
Medium rare, Pleeeeeze.
On to the soup. It came quickly and looked very nice, served in a traditional semi-spherical white bowl with plenty of cheese melted down the sides.
Pretty low on the flavor scale. I had several spoons of the broth to bring the level in the bowl down enough to get to the cheese and bread and hopefully onions with out making a mess. The bread was a big let down. Odd texture, stale flavor, just not good. As I got further into the soup, there really was not much onion. I stirred around and looked, but really no more than a spoon full of onion inside. I pushed it away and waited for my waiter. A buss boy offered to take it away, but I wanted to show it to my waiter. The Waiter asked me how my soup was and I told him it was disappointing. I said that I thought onion soup should have more than a small spoon full of onion and I asked to have it removed from my bill. He took it away and very graciously apologized.
The burger came next. Under the shiny bun top was a heap of shredded lettuce mixed with a ton of mayo. It covered the top of the burger and most of one side and ran down into the fries. I scrapped most of this off. The meat was perfectly cooked, very juicy and totally void of any hint of seasoning. A thoroughly bland sandwich it was basically a mayo flavored cheeseburger. The bun did not make it thorough the meal with out falling apart, and I eat fast when I'm by myself.
I didn't know the burger was served with fries, so I guess I could look at them as a sort of bonus, too bad they were a disappointment also. They were quite dark, beyond what you might call golden brown. Ever the optimist I was hoping their interior might not be what the exterior indicated.
Nope. They were hard, no fluffy goodness inside, and like everything else, horribly under seasoned. Not a trace of salt, and we all know that fries have to be salted fresh out of the hot fat. Oh well, at least they are consistent.
Maybe I don't get "it". It's just not my kind of place. I found the interior bland, stark, loud and uninviting. Their culinary aesthetic matches their decor.
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