Went to Picholine with my best friend on Saturday night. She was treating me for my birthday. I must say my expectations were pretty high, although I am generally satisfied with my meal as long as it is fresh and cooked properly.
So, for the first course I got the famed mushroom risotto with black truffle, and she got the sheep's milk ricotta gnocchi, which was served with some type of herb broth and vegaetbales. My first thought, when it arrived at the table, was that the food was just a notch above room temperature. I thought maybe it was just my risotto, if it had been pre cooked? but I tasted her gnocchi, and alothough it was delicious and the sauce very flavorful, it was not very hot. The same happened with the main courses. My halibut was raw in the center (which is fine) but the outside was cool as well, and the butter sauce was sort of lukewarm. I really felt that the temperature of the food was not warm enough to bring out all the flavors.
Am I missing something? Is this a new trend I havent caught on to yet? I did not complain, but I was disappoionted. Has anyone else experienced this there?
The cheese course was, as expected, unbelievable. The service was terrific. They brought out an extra dessert and a dessert wine on the house, since she had told them it was my birthday, which was great. Overall, it was a lovely evening, but I was have had more enjoyable meals at some of our fave hell's kitchen places, for a fraction of the price...