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myth report--inconsistencies

mise en place | Feb 8, 2006 10:21 PM

went to dinner at myth and was seated at the "chef's table", which interestingly enough, is perhaps the worst and most awkward seat in the entire restaurant. service was competent and friendly. onto the food...

bad news first:

point reyes oysters with yuzu, cilantro, and tobiko roe--would have been good if the slurry that marinated the pristine oysters was not oversalted. at least the oysters were very fresh.

salmon medallions in dashi broth--overcooked salmon, with undercooked daikon radish made for a very clumsy dish.

pork tenderloin had the most flavor and complexity of all the meats, but again tough, overcooked, and a bit too salty for my taste...belly was oversalted and too much vinegar.

braised beef cheeks was nice and tender, but oversalted again.

now the good news:

escargots with octopus and some toothsome pearl barley, or risotto of some sort with fennel--those who tasted this appetizer agreed that this was the best dish of the night. the pearl barley or whatever that starch was, melded the toothsome escargot and tender octopus with aplomb, and each sliver of fennel refreshened the entire dish with each bite. creative and well executed.

cauliflower soup--tasty soup with the silkiest of textures. very luxurious with a symphony of flavors. my only complaint was after the 5th spoonful, i could see how one could become overpowered by the smokey tone of the soup.

seared skate wing--nice piece of skate wing, seared to perfection with a hint of smokiness. the best entree of the night, though i didn't taste the burger. but i mean c'mon, a 1/2lb patty of ground beef--kobe or not--on a burger is not good food in my book. way too excessive. we're human beings, not cavemen...

would i return? perhaps, but not anytime soon. there are too many other restaurants i would want to try before giving myth a second try. afterall, there were a couple dishes that were excellent, unfortunately, there were more than a couple dishes that were a lot less than excellent.

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