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Z Cuisine A Cote (Den.): Crazy pricing?

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Z Cuisine A Cote (Den.): Crazy pricing?

Megiac | May 25, 2008 04:44 PM

Has anybody been and noticed major price inflation?

I hadn't been to Z Cuisine or Z Cuisine A Cote since ZC reopened and ZCAC opened. We went to A Cote for dinner on Friday, and were stunned by the prices. The Charcuterie plate, which is listed as $21 on the website was both significantly smaller than it used to be at Z Cuisine, but also $29. The "Spain at Its Best" dish, which is listed as $29 on the website was $36 (we passed on this despite the siren song of Iberico pork). We ended up ordering the charcuterie plate, the cheese fondue, and the Tartine a la Parisieene Gratinee plus two glasses of wine and it was over $100 before tip (no dessert). Just looking at the prices on their website that is a huge inflation. The website prices would be:

Charcuterie $21
Fondue $17
Tartine $14
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Subtotal= $52
+Wine ~$25
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Total= $77

But our meal was $30 more. How can they justify such a huge increase in prices without changing the menu at all? I'm irritated because Z Cuisine has already been one of my favorite places and I always felt that the prices were very fair. I'd be willing to pay more for some of the signature main dishes like the cassoulet, but am I crazy to think that almost $30 is too much to spend for a smaller version of their old charcuterie plate?

On the bright side, we made it to Mel's Bistro Saturday night, and it was terrific (and also less expensive than A Cote for two appetizers and two mains).

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