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La Suite - long

anna | Jul 11, 200507:55 PM

Wanted to find a nice place for dinner last minute one Friday night. After browsing through SF Gate's Top 100 restaurants, we decided to give La Suite a try. Several reasons for making that decision. One, parking was going to be relatively easy, and two, they were able to accomodated us at the last minute (on a Friday night, that should've been our hint....).

We arrived at 5:30 and was directed to the bar. Though the restaurant was empty and all the table settings seemed to all be there, they were not ready to seat us. Yes, we made the reservations last minute, but, I do believe that restaurants (nice ones) should have tables ready for the guests at the time of the reservations. Anyway, we got to the bar and I asked the bartender to recommend a cocktail. He recommended one of their signature drinks, the Bellini Martini. It was the most bland cocktail I've ever had. I had an overpowering alcohol taste and the peach flavor was nowhere to be found. Not a very good start.

About 15 minutes later, we were finally seated. I was feeling better once I took a look at the menu. I saw Bone Marrow! And Bouillabaisse! Well, I was set to having a great meal. The husband decided on the Haricot Vert salad and the Niman Ranch Entrecote aux Herbes de Provence.

Let's start with the appetizers: the Bone Marrow was ok. I think I enjoyed it because I'm just a bone marrow fan. It also came with roasted garlic which is a big plus in my book. The complaint I have is that they left the individual cloves of garlic in the skin, which made it a little difficult to deal with. The Haricot Vert was less of a success. It is a cold salad with a curry dressing. My husband described it as the curry sauce that we bought from a bottle. I tasted it and I agree. Overall, both dishes were average.

Now, the main course. The Bouillabaisse was ok. Didn't care for the potato or the chewy scallops. The most disappointing part was the Rouille. It was missing the very essence of what a Rouille should have, a nice, strong garlic flavor. I mixed it in with the Bouillabaisse but it didn't add much flavor to it. The biggest sin of all has got to be the steak. The whole dish, steak and fries, are way overpowered by rosemary. You can't taste the flavor of the beef at all. I like rosemary, but there was way too much of it. What a lousy way to waste a good piece of steak.

After our main course, we were through. We threw in the towel and skipped dessert....

Service was worse than average for a restaurant that charges so much. Our waitress was not around much. We had to track her down for the bill. 2 drinks, 2 appetizers and 2 entrees totaled to a little over $100, with tax and tips. As we walked out of the restaurant, we looked across the street to Delancey Street and just shook our head as we know we could have had a much better meal there for less than half the price.

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