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Everest Review

jpschust | Aug 29, 2007 05:25 AM

So we went last night, and the wine list is good, though pleasing the group was difficult, thus after cocktails we drank some 98 Roederer Estate Champagne and then I just had folks order by the glass.

As far as food, Everest is just ok. It's not mindblowingly good or bad at all, but just ok. The amuse consisted of a cod and potato foam that had basically no flavor, a small cup of artichoke soup with little flavor and served luke warm, and a small bit of fried pheasant that was good. For dinner I had what one might call a rabbit gelatin terrine. Preparation was beautiful to look at but without much flavor whatsoever. For my entree I had Colorado rack of lamb prepared medium rare. Perfectly prepared, the highlight of the evening. We had cheese + soufflés and both were good, though nothing to write home about. Food wise, just ok.

Two separate notes:

Atmosphere. Somewhere amidst the altitude, Everest is stuffy and pretentious. It walks a fine line of gracious and pretentious, but ultimately falls down on the side of overly stuffy. The decor in this room needs some serious help, too.

Service. The service we had was fair to poor. Our waiter broke into our conversations at least 4-5 times to take orders or speak to us. This is fine for TGI Fridays, but not ok for fine dining. Additionally he had little sense of humor and difficulty explaining complex preparations to my mother who is not particularly a goodie, but knows fine dining very well. The sommelier quickly figured out that pouring from the right when pouring across a conversation isn't acceptable, and thus no one would care if he poured from the left to not be seen when refilling. The sommelier was possibly the best server there.

All in all, good but not great. Was it a waste of money? That's probably going a bit far, but I won't be going back.

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