I have to say, I also had low QPR (quality price ratio) at Maestro. Two Hundred per person (with an average but overpriced wine) for the 7 course tasting menu and here is what I can say about each course:
1) marinated fresh anchovey atop fingerling potato coin, roasted red pepper, capers and lemon. Excellent
2)fonduta soup. a play on the fonduta sauce ubiquitous to the piedmont region of italy. salty and overpowering. cutsie presentation..though...a magnetized small soup bowl attached to a plate at an angle by a magnet.
3) poached foie gras in an artichoke heart covered with crushed pistachios in a beef consomme. sounds amazing. but the beef consomme tasted canned and salty and the foie,artichoke and pistachio combo did not work.
4)poached snapper with fennel four ways. oh my. the fish was awesome but fennel four ways was a bit..shall we say...anis..nasty.
5)roasted lamb chop with a spinach mousse wrapped in caul fat, sliced into beautiful red and green pieces with jus. the lamb was tasty but the spinach mousse was rubber! cutsie and pretty but not great on the tongue.
6)herbed risotto with snails. creamy but overcooked. too salty.
7) pistachio souffle with pistachio ice cream. not as exciting as the souffle at Olives, in downtown DC. sorry. A bit on the "scrambled egg" side for me.
8) petit fours and cheese. excellent cheese service...the best fromagier in the area in my opinion.
Won't go back. Not the experience that I expected based on what was written on this board and by Tom Sietsema over the last year.