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Quince Prix Fixe Only

realspear | May 11, 2009 05:12 PM

I didn't see this anywhere here. Quince is now prix fixe only, with the over $100 many course menu and the $68 four course option. With the four course menu, you get choices in four categories - starter, pasta, main course and desert.

I find this very disappointing, mostly because I find the pasta dishes incredible and the main courses not particularly exciting. I went in January and again last week, and both times found the main courses to be significantly less interesting and well-prepared than the pastas (or the incredible rolls.) The starters on this visit were better than the January visit and the pastas were spectacular. The result of this menu change is that dinner is probably about $20 higher (not including tax and tip) than what I would otherwise pay, maybe more since I don't usually order desert.

I'm wondering if this has something to do with business. By all appearances, on a pleasant Thursday night, they were doing about 1.5 seatings, and it was half-empy at 8:30. It could be the recession, but it could be that there is no longer a way to eat there at a price under $100/person ($68+wine+tax+tip), and for someone who wants a three course meal with pasta as their main course, well there's nothing. I suppose the pasta could be ordered for two courses, but the portion of the pasta in the prix fixe menu is actually quite small.

I assume that the new bigger space will put more upward pressure on the price.

Quince Restaurant
470 Pacific Av, San Francisco, CA 94133

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