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Pangaea Summerlicious?

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KAREN Jul 14, 2006 03:11 AM

Has any one tried this summer?

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    jayseeca Jul 14, 2006 02:01 PM

    Went, with 2 others for lunch...
    2 of us had the octopus salad which was reallly good but small. Don't know how the roasted corn soup was.
    Veal was rolled and stuffed, not what I was expecting, but was still delicious, but a little on the tough side.
    Desserts were really good! Had the raspberry mousse, and I normally don't like mousse but this was divine...

    I thought it was definitley worth the $20 for lunch! Service was great too.

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      peppermint pate Jul 14, 2006 04:00 PM

      I know someone who was just there for Summerlicious dinner - thought the food and service were spectacular. She particularly raved about a risotto dish with shrimp and I think a halibut main as well as a strawberry mousse (which, to me, doesn't sound so exciting but she said it was really good). I've had normal lunches at Pangaea many times and it's always been great - it's an elegant, airy room with friendly, polished service and the food is always very good.

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        artificialard Jul 19, 2006 06:13 AM

        Went to Pangaea for last year's Summerlicious and will never go again. After being seated we waited for our server... And waited and waited. It took about 10 minutes for him to greet our table and another long period for him to return to take our order. The food comes after an additional 30 minutes and beyond taking our order and bringing it to our table our server is no where to be seen.

        For some miraculous reason our server suddenly becomes very spritely at the end of the meal as he takes our plates and immediately lays down the check without my having asked for it. The whole time he was very brusque and just not pleasant.

        The dishes were well-executed but nothing highly memorable. For the cost and audacious service I would not recommend this place at all.

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          wordsworth Sep 2, 2006 12:35 PM

          I second your opinion, since our experience was almost identical to yours, except we found the food to be substandard. It is another of theose all-flash, not substance restaurants.

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          jayseeca Jul 19, 2006 01:10 PM

          It's interesting how service really differed... did you go at lunch or dinner?
          At my lunch experience, the waiter was nice, quite attentive (except at offering seconds of bread), and were able to crack a few jokes with him. I thought it was pretty good service...

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            artificialard Jul 20, 2006 07:12 AM

            I find that places rarely have unanimous agreement but the general trend on this board seems skewed to the negative (a few posts reading back specifically about Pangea also mention poor service). The fact that the complaint is consistently concerning service rather than other things like the quality of the food leads me to believe that Pangea is 'normally' like this.

            We went there for lunch and were actually surprised there was a table immediately available but I guess it was just a bit past 1 PM.

            My main problem is that I can usually categorise bad service as either unintentional (inexperience, workload, etc.) or intentional (not 'shelling out, not a large table, etc.) And I found our waiter to be vaguely condescending. We are young (early 20-something) and wasn't of the typical Bay st./Yorkville yuppie type but were dressed appropriately in smart business casual. I do feel that was why we were maligned but that's speculation. Anyways my final (long) thoughts is that Pangea had such poor service the first time with such utilitarian cuisine given the price/reputation that there's jus t nothing to compel me to return except for the location.

            I remember having an even worse experience as part of a large group at le Select but will probably cautiously return given that I quite enjoy their menu.

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              ER2 Jul 20, 2006 08:09 PM

              Just back from a pleasant summerlicious lunch at Pangaea. Indeed, "pleasant" was the adjective we both settled on to describe our experience. Unlike others, we found the service efficient and cheerful. I started with the octopus salad which I liked as I did the veal. It might have been a bit on the dry side - possibly too long under a heat lamp - and the carrots which, along with a couple of green beans, were the veg - were too undercooked for my taste but I note a number of restaurants seem to be doing them this way. For dessert we both had the raspberry mousse which was, once again, "pleasant" Good in its way but not in the same league as the food we had for dinner at North 44 a couple of nights ago.

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                sammiemiche Jul 21, 2006 01:36 AM

                Went there for lunch during last winterlicious. Since we were a group of 10, we had a private room set up for us upstairs. Even had our own little stereo on a little table in the corner and a sink to wash our hands.

                Food was good, great value for a $20 lunch. Service was not bad. Wouldn't mind going back again. Been to a number of other summer and winterlicious restaurants, Anona (Park Hyatt) was one of the best so far. Just been to Mildred Pierce for dinner, having heard all the rave reviews, was quite disappointed. Was disappointed with Southern Accent too, the service that is. Food was average.

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