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LV: Picasso, Le Cirque

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LV: Picasso, Le Cirque

juny1cat | Mar 21, 2003 01:18 PM

Had Tuesday and Wednesday dinners at these sometimes heralded spots. It would be silly to say they weren't alright; they were. But quite corporate in feeling. Each offered something very delicious. At Picasso it was the fois gras and the raisin-nut bread; at Le Cirque it was a lobster salad with truffles. But the other courses had an assembly-line quality. My main courses were a veal chop with a rasberry/wine reduction at Picasso, and a lemon-cumin veal shank at Le Cirque. My friend had pecan-crusted pigeon and roasted chicken with, I think, truffles, respectively. The veal chop was not as tender and flavorful as it might have been; the sauce on the veal shank would have been right at home at say, Il Moro or Il Fornaio. Desserts were ice-cream based. Creative in their combinations and presentation, I suppose, but not up to what a good pastry chef can do. I haven't been to Le Cirque in NYC, but it is hard to believe the LV version is in the same league cooking-wise; and I would not rate Picasso with the better places here in town, even a place like Jiraffe. The settings, china, and so on were festive, and the service friendly and painstaking. The bill for two at Picasso was around $250, without tip, including four glasses (total) of decent wine; at Le Cirque, a bit less, because of sharing and a non-prix fixe menu. Worth it? In town I would say definitely not. Maybe they're what's going in LV, where, let's face it, one is part of the captive audience for this sort of thing. But next time I would probably try the better steak places, for less fancified but also less pre-fabricated fare.

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