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Moonstar SF and Dining Room @ Ritz Carlton

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Moonstar SF and Dining Room @ Ritz Carlton

Han Lukito | Jul 20, 2003 08:55 PM

First, early dinner at the Dining Room at Ritz Carlton: The room has nice atmosphere but I would not say it's spectacular or anything like that.
We had many courses -probably around 14 courses together. I will note the ones I remember.

Tomatoes course: delicious and refreshing. Some are made into sweet confit, some are sliced thin with cheese - very nice

As Pia mentioned, the foie pate is nice and comes with toasted breads.

Fillet mignon is cooked nicely, melt in mouth and also comes with nice, soft veggies.

The lamb is thick and taste very gamy - it's allright. The addition of seasoned soft eggplant beneath does not add much really.

Various leaves such as arugula, watercress over a lobster. The lobster is not tender enough-maybe slightly overcooked. Around the plate are some tiny caviars - nice but overall not particularly interesting IMO.

Sea bass is moist and cooked perfectly by itself although the other things in it are not too interesting.

Lobster medallion: same problem, not as tender or moist.

Rabbit stuffed with clear thin noodles and finely chopped vegs. It's allright.The chef split the one course for both of us - nice complement.

Strawberry shortcake with whipped cream - not too sweet, ok.

Hazelnut chocolate sponge cake decorated with gold leaf. Moist and good.

Petit fours with two candles and a thin white pliable thing written "Happy Anniversary" - another nice touch from the chefs.

Service is excellent and nothing to complain at all. We had a good time at the place but the food is nothing that really wowed me.

Moonstar: I tried Sat lunch and it's about the same as Todai - almost all are barely good enough. Definitely average buffet quality. I went to this place because the other place Minako was closed. Only decent sashimi (salmon, tuna and yellowtail) - most are not that good really. Noot good - at least for lunch. Around $17 per person.

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