No big secret here, I live for food writing. I hate when the board gets slow, like earlier this week. And, I look forward to the weekly reviews in our two dailies. What do I have to look forward to?
For the second week in a row, the Trib does not publish a resturant reivew. As I have questioned before, how hard is it for Vettel to publish 52 reviews a year. He has 365 days to get in those 52 reviews, no. I mean William Grimes in the New York Times usally publishes a full review and a "diners journal" each week, plus features.
The we get Pat Brutal in the other paper. He takes up roughly half his review today of Shangai Terrace, a new resturant in the Peninsula Hotel, on the subject of prices and portion size, and then notes that he does not have enough column space to comment on all entrees he reviewed. Would a review of Charlie Trotter, Tru, Zealous or any other place aiming to be four star gourmet (whatever that means) discuss, at length the portion sizes or the entree prices--well, maybe if they were so out of line with the norm.
The problem at Shanghai Terrace is that the prices are only out of line if you consider the norm as a typical neighborhood places (Schaumburg Chinese as someone once put so well). The prices are surely not out of line when comapring to other high end resturants. So why not review the place and then answer the question present in any resturant review, regardless of the price: is it worth the money?
The papers do such a disservice to our eating community. On one hand, we have the tribune, which weekly runs a cheap eats review that rarely means anything and less than weekly runs a full review. Then, we have the sun times, more a tune to new resturants, and also a bit more varied in its choices, but stuck with gruesome writing and opinions as off as an old piece of fish.