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November '08 - Crabtree's Kittle House - Long writeup

tada | Nov 15, 200807:13 AM     6

It was the wife's birthday, so we decided to try the Kittle House.

Overall, the experience was fair, but not good and definitely not great.

Wine List - As amazing as everyone says that it is. A great read. That's when the fun stopped around the wine. I ordered a bottle of wine from Cain. 20 minutes later of being fed bread, the sommelier comes over and says "I cannot find the bottle anywhere. I will go back downstairs and keep looking." We told him to not bother, because until we had our bottle of wine, the waiter was obviously not going to take our order and my wife was starving. So instead, I had to spend double on a bottle of Jackass. Most places that I have been will offer you another couple bottles that are in the same price range. They didn't bother, they just wanted to bring me the binder again. I just went with the Jackass so that we could move on.

Now the wife is starving. She was sold on the tasting menu as she had been staring at it for nearly a half hour by now. Waiter comes over and I inform him that we will both do the tasting menu, but that I am allergic to seafood, so to substitute my seafood with the chef's choice. Waiter goes to the back and they refuse. He says, "Both of you must substitute those dishes". Now, I have been to many a restaurant where the tasting menu states underneath "Minimum of 2 people must participate in the tasting menu". As there was nothing on their menu that stated this, I said "Forget it, she will get the tasting menu and I will just order the sirloin". "Sir, you cannot do that, the tasting menu is for a party of 2" So I ask him where on the menu it says this, as my wife now has her heart set on it, and he informs me "It's implied". Really? Since when are tasting menus implied to be for two? I have been to many other restaurants where we've had the tasting menu and the kitchen has replaced the seafood for something that I can eat.

So now my wife is seriously disappointed. We just both order a la carte. She has the Spicy tuna tartare and I had the pasta w/ foie gras apps. Very good. Then she ordered the Chilean Sea Bass and I had the Organic Sirloin. Hers was prepared perfectly. I cut into my sirloin and there is no red and hardly any pink. Usually such a thick piece of sirloin will be cooked quite rare in the middle for a "Medium Rare" order. So I bring over the waiter and inform him that my steak is cooked Medium Well, not Medium Rare. He says "That's how you ordered it" So now I just look at him and say "Why would I possibly order it medium well when I ALWAYS order Medium Rare?". It was really just the fact that he's arguing this with me instead of offering me a new steak. Now we've been here for 2 hours, and I really didn't feel like forcing the issue and having them fire me another steak that would take another half hour, so I just let it go.

Desserts were decent. I ordered the cheesecake and it tasted like a pile of whipped cream and butter. My wife's hazelnut torte was awesome.

Overall I will say that I will never go back. The service alone has chilled me to the bone. Food is decent, but you can get much better at somewhere like X2O. The novelty of the wine list wears off quickly.

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