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reviews- Mako (thumbs up) and Sona (thumbs down)

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reviews- Mako (thumbs up) and Sona (thumbs down)

kra81 | Apr 26, 2006 06:24 PM

Thanks to everyone who helped pick my birthday dinner restaurants!

Mako was wonderful. There were six of us and the staff at Mako was totally accomdating- letting us order just the amount we needed so that everyone would have 1 serving of each dish. Highlights were the crispy oysters, duck potstickers, grilled lambchops and peking duck. Also had some great tempura snow crab and the desserts- yuzu meringue and chocolate cake (2 actually) were both incredible. and they do the greatest thing for groups- they put all 3 desserts on one huge plate along with mango and raspberry sherbert and little oatmeal cookies. So much fun! And i really can't stop thinking about the lambchops with basil sauce. A must have!!
the things that didn't standout were the lettuce cups with chicken and shrimp. pretty standard. and the pad thai. but the rest of the meal was SO incredible. go to Mako!

Sona was disappointing. I've been there a few times and always had a great experience. But the restaurant is really busy now and as came the crowds so went the service. Our server was totally inept. She didn't know the menu and when asked questions about particular entrees basically came up blank. I normally love the duck at Sona but the duck Saturday night was served with foie gras, which i do not eat. I asked her if i could have the duck without the foie gras and she said of course. I wanted to couple more minutes to decide and when she came back I ordered the duck without the foie gras and she said "you know that means there will no sauce". Apparently the foie gras was in the sauce, which she had "forgotten" to tell me earlier. So i changed my entree to the rack of lamb...
onto the food: I started with the duck angolotti which was very good. my boyfriend's the maine lobster risotto was great. but for upwards of $20 the appetizers are very small.
my lamb ($40) was okay but on the gamey side. he had the filet and short ribs entree, which i tasted and was good but not incredible.
on to dessert. it was actually hard to pick a dessert. not one of them was extremely appealing. i think they get a little too fancy. not just chocolate tart but it has to have blood orange granita and some tea ice cream to kill it. anyways, we went for the lemon poundcake with blueberries and some ice milk. it was fine but nothing to write home about.
ultimately sona is extremely expensive, which is fine if it's wonderful. but it's not. i wish i had gone back to mako saturday night and had another unforgettable meal than wasting our time at Sona.

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