Met friends at Grace on a Sat night for an impromptu meal - still don't understand the hype - place was packed. We tried three appetizers: 1) butter leaf lettuce with too much dressing, pieces of cheese that were boulders and lardons that were again too big; 1) pumpkin risotto with sea urchin and shrimp - pumpkin in color only, shrimp raw, risotto undercooked to unpleaseantness, sea urchin in there and did not help matters - I haven't met a warm sea urchin that I have liked and this confirmed it; 3) steak tartare with grilled cheese truffle something... here's where the train completely left the track - the steak tartare came in a mound, and on the first bite I though I had a raisin, I pushed the mound of meat that was dark dark brown (not that light rose red tartare color I was expecting), and found only chuncks the size of raisins. I tried another, not sure what I was biting into. Then the third when I realized that they were all cubes of raw beef in some dark brown beef stock cold sauce...at that point I dropped the fork. I am not the squeamish type, (pigs feet, bring it on, uni, sweetbreads, fois gras - how about frais, so not the squeamish type). This dish was wrong. I chased the bad taste with the grilled cheese which was at least edible, albeit too much clarified butter and too heavy on the truffle essence (you know when that canned or bottled truffle essence in the oil or butter is used just a bit too heavy handed and you get that contrived, fake taste...) - (as an aside, Table 8 grilled cheese are miles ahead)...
had some decent wine to at least get a good buzz.
ordered the doughnuts for dessert - decent, a bit confused - the icecream was too sour to even pass as creme fraiche...the bill was large.
the place was packed so I guess it was me, but I'll stick to Angelini and AOC for the nice meals out.