Restaurants & Bars 2

Matsuhisa- What Gives Aspen?

aadesmd | Jan 17, 200809:40 PM

Based on previous visits to Nobu's in NYC, Miami, and Las Vegas, we had very high hopes for our dinner tonight, to culminate a great week of skiing and enjoying outstanding places such as Dish and Poppycock's, as well as good sushi at Kenichi.

Reservations- They are a pain to deal with, but such is life for a popular restaurant.

Service- Fast in a bad sort of way. Hovering, ready to pull your plae away. Never brought new chopsticks, even when they fell on the table. Big time up-ticking by the waiter.

Drinks- Great selection of Sake, but at dear prices.

Food- We all did the $150.00 omakase dinner. Six tiny courses for three people who enjoy small amounts of food. 2/3 left hungry.

1) Monkfish liver pate: not bad, but needed more sweetness in the sauce. Slight refrig taste. Much better at other Nobu's

2) Toro sashimi with jalapeno dressing- Fresh and vibrant. Tuna simply melted in my mouth. Best of the night

3) Sliced scallops with hearts of palm salad- Plain, underdressed, but come on- each person got basically one third of a scallop. Not enough to even get the nuances of the dish.

4) Miso marinated cod- better at at least 90% of the restaurants I have eaten this dish, including the night before. Hard to do, but fish was overcooked.

5) Japanese kobe beef with fois gras- This goes as the worst single dish of the night, and possibly one of the biggest failures at I have ever experienced at a high end restaurant. How could any chef cook this to well done? The fois gras also overcooked to the point that it was tough. My wife thought it tasted like a Shaw's steak left on the grill too long. I thought she was being generous. Tried to send it back, but waiter not to be found. Told him about it later in the meal- plate went back mostly uneaten, and $20.00 taken off the bill of 539.00 before tip.

6) Sushi- Same wonderful toro, and pretty good wild salmon. Giant clam not terribly fresh. Rice had lackluster texture. Second best dish of the night in the savory dept.

7) Dessert- Molten chocolate cake with ice cream- same as I had at a business lunch the other day in my local restaurant in tiny Exeter, NH. Good, but it is molten chocolate cake, which ought to be retired.

Since I imagine the people who populate Aspen in the winter have been to good restaurants, I simply don't get it. I think it is a known name in a small town with extremely affluent visitors. In talking to the concierge, he said that they do not advise people to go there, but will make reservations for those, such as us, that ask them to do it.

I would love to hear if my meal was an anomaly, or have others had similar experiences

BTW- Had a great Kobe hamburger at Dish and a $5.00 Pravda martini at dish after our meal. What an incredible place filled with joyful, nice people.

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