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My dinner at Manresa, Was it good? Was it great? Was it worth $500 for two?

Reuel | Mar 29, 200611:12 PM

Was it good? Was it great? Was it worth $500 for two?

The food was really good, the service exemplary, would I do it differently? Yes. Why?

I had seen almost every dish from the tasting menu before. Where? Here! You Chow's posted photos and descriptions; everything that they put in front of me I had seen before. That's not right, I need to experience this level of cuisine with fresh eyes; nose and mouth were where they had never been before, but, I really regret having seen & read about almost every dish. OK, that's my bad, not yours.

How did I spend ~$500 for two? Food, wine, tax & tip.

Next time, if I ever do this again, I bring my own bottle of CA Pinot Noir (preferably Sonnet), pay the corkage and get out for much less. I paid ~$120 for a very austere French Burgundy that I could barely taste after this INSANELY rich food.

OK, my last issue. David Kinch uses a lot of salt. I like salt. I use it all the time. Enough already, let the other flavors in for the ride.

So, three issues: 1) don't read Chowhound beforehand, experience this on your own; 2) bring your own wine and save $100; 3) drink lots of bubbly water and mitigate the salt.

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