Mark Lieser wrote:Our only complaint was that when we asked for a pitcher of water, we were told that they would only serve us bottled water, but would not provide free-of-charge water from the tap. This was quite bizarre, and was the only damper on an otherwise fine meal.
Yossie Horwitz wrote:Between this place and Fink's, I'm begining to think either Gabriel gets massively preferential treatment at French owned restaurants (or I get treated horribly), or we have diametrically opposed opinions about what should go on at them.
I dined at Trocedero a few months ago at the enthusiastic recommendation of a friend and was tremendously disappointed (I should add that Chateaubriand in Paris was also dissappointing especially when compared to a much better culinary experience at Osmose). The service was appalling (we waiting for 45 minutes to get water and menus due to the owners insistence on taking all the orders [but he gave up after 45 minutes realizing he couldn't get to everyone]), our courses took forever to arrive and they ended up charging us another table's bill (that was 500 NIS higher than ours) and then proceeded to take over half an hour to resort things out. The food was passable at best and especially disappointing was the foie gras dishes. The disproportion between the amount of apple and the amount of foie gras was comical at best. I wouldn't return until there were some serious management changes (i.e. the owner stuck to cooking and hired professional staff and a dining room manager).
Among the best kosher places in the world, I'd include Gabriel in Israel (pre it becoming mehadrin), Osmose in Paris, Deca in Tel-Aviv and Terra Sur in California (where i have not been but have heard nothing but enthusiastic endorsements from everyone I know who has dined there). The list used to include La Guta and Ragu in Jerusalem as well. Next level down on the list would be Mike's Bistro in Manhattan which gets a deduction for never changing the menu and a lack of creativity. While there are many top-notch kosher restaurants and purely from reading reviews of non-kosher ones, I don't think there are public (i.e. restaurants) kosher dining experiences equal to the best the world has to offer. I'm not sure why exactly, but it is extremely disappointing (as someone who would happily travel for hours for a mind-blowing meal).
Mark Lieser wrote:Very showy. ("faltzani" would be the best Hebrew word I could use to describe it.) I'm all for presentation. But, the food was good enough that all the other stuff was a bit over the top and unnecessary.
Mark Lieser wrote:Gabriel - was also there the first week they opened, but haven't been back, so can't say if the quality has been maintained.
Mark Lieser wrote:Gabriel, what ever happened to your idea of using Finks as a venue for an organized dinner to discuss wine pairings?
Mark Lieser wrote:It sounds like we both were fortunate - and maybe you should accompany Yossie next time. (I'll come too, if you're paying .
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