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Quick impressions Le Chateaubriand, L'Agape Substance, Verjus, Le Comptoir du Relais, Akrame

Ricky | May 12, 2012 06:11 PM

Forgive me but my memory is awful and I tend to remember the bad more than the good.

Day one Lunch at Le Comptoir - quick 5 minute wait after being greeted by with "irrashai" by friendly Japanese cooks, had a excellent main of Quail stuffed with foie, rolled in cabbage with a fried croquette of braised quail and pea puree. Had the best citrus tart ever.

Day one Dinner at Verjus - Friendly american style service, felt food was safe, underwhelming except for the gazpacho with a bit taberayu(japanese chili sesame oil)in it. Deserts were just okay, my wife said her yogurt cake tasted like something from costco or entermanns.

Day two Dinner Le Chateaubriand - surprised how easy it was to get a reservation. One quick phone call midday EST and I was set. Really friendly staff, lots of good-great courses, fun ideas like dipping strawberries in the candied fennel seeds always found at the cashier stand at indian restaurants, only one course was really bad, fresh bonito aka katsuo. It tasted a bit like the cheap albacore tuna you see at really bad sushi restaurants in the states, a bit metallic and papery. Also felt a bit awkward with people waiting in line to be seated after 9:30 right next to you while you ate though.

Day three Lunch Akrame - Best meal of the trip, excellent albeit a bit too professional service(for us anyway), every dish made sense, and every odd combination worked, also I felt like they were trying to kill us with course after course, we started to worry we ordered the 6 course because of a language barrier issue instead of the 4. One course that stood out was a slow poached egg with peanut\sesame based sauce and a saffron powder, but it reminded us of old school Nissin Chicken ramen.

Day four Dinner at Agape Substance - This would have been the second best meal of the trip if it were not a few issues, mostly not staff related. We sat near a loud party of 8, which resulted in not hearing food descriptions, and not being able to smell our courses because of their heavy perfume and colognes. It wasnt just us that was annoyed by the group, other patrons asked for seating changes further to the back of the communal table and were denied, the two friendly gentlemen next to us tried to settle their bill quickly.

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