I wonder if DAT is generally better in lesser known places rather than the "big boys" of restaurants for whom it might be seen as more of a burden to serve those seeking a 4 star experience on the cheap...where as to some of the others it can be used as a way to promote or even repair their reputation as a quality place.
I had what I thought was a good experience at Jiannas...others seem to have had mediocre to bad experiences at Postrio, Boulevard, Aqua...
However all this said I am still tempted to try some of those bigger/trendier restaurants for a mediocre DAT meal just to check out the atmosphere...
One cannot rule out atmosphere as it can sometimes be a seperate experience from the food experience(i.e. people dont go to the tonga room for the food...but they still go)
Expectations go a long way to defining ones experience at a restaurant... futhermore rudeness and condescension can ruin anyones experience anywhere...although anyone who knows Ed Debeveks in Chicago knows that even that can be built into ones expectations.
Bottom line is that when I go to a restaurant I am looking for a good experience(which is very subjective) that meets or exceeds my very subjective expectations. From what I have read so far from others I will wait to go to Boulevard when I am prepared to throw down serious coin...As far as Aqua goes I dont think I even want to go at all, I dont need the attitude...
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