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Restaurant Week lunch at Chanterelle

Rachel M. | Jun 13, 2003 09:09 PM

Chanterelle is doing a $20.03 lunch for the month of June and second two weeks of July (they're closed the first two), and since I hadn't been there before, I figured it would be a good chance to try it out. Overall, it was a nice lunch, good for the price, but I didn't feel that it was something I couldn't have had elsewhere, and the service, while not being actively bad, did leave something to be desired.

There were two options in each category: appetizers were a chilled sweet pea soup with mint or a salad with roast beets, goat cheese, and walnuts; main, salmon (can't remember the preparation) or chicken in a citrusy sauce with Israeli couscous; and dessert, lime parfait or sorbet (raspberry, mango, and ginger apricot). The sweet pea soup was very good, although I got the sense the sweet peas were not the best to start with, as it lacked a little "brightness" in flavor. Chicken is a bit of a dull option, but since I don't particularly like salmon... The sauce was not too heavy, however, and the skin was nice and crispy. The mango and raspberry sorbets were very good (nothing I haven't had elsewhere, though), but the ginger apricot was disappointingly lacking in ginger flavor (bit of a pet peeve--I love ginger, but restaurants seem to always go sparingly for risk of offending, leaving me wondering why they bothered to call it ginger in the first place).

The service was really disjointed--you'd think they'd never had a full dining room before at lunch, which I'm sure is not the case. We had a different waiter/server for everything, and information didn't seem to have flowed well within the team; drinks didn't appear, dessert order was assumed to have been taken when it wasn't, we were offered more coffee and then it never came, felt like I needed to send up a flare in order to get the check... There's been a location bus outside the restaurant for the past few days, and I wonder if they're filming in the kitchen or something. While it wasn't actively bad service, it certainly wasn't up to their reputation.

The CEO of my company was also there for lunch and seemed to have an easier time getting out--although she was seated near the serving station so probably had less problem catching the staffs' eye. And she probably doesn't eat dessert, either...

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