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Menu Choices at Per Se

Captain Jack Aug 21, 2006 05:33 PM

This morning I jumped through the hoops and obtained my reservation for Per Se on October 21st.

What is the difference between the 7 course menu and the 9 course chef's tasting menu? They are both $210.

  1. ellenost Aug 21, 2006 06:07 PM

    Go for the 9 course tasting menu. The 7 course gives you choices among courses while the 9 course does not. However, if there is something that you don't like/allergic to, Per Se is very nice and will substitute another dish. In fact sometimes the substituted dish is even better (if possible) than the original dish.

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    1. re: ellenost
      Captain Jack Aug 21, 2006 06:36 PM

      Thanks ellenost,
      Are the portions larger with the 7 course menu?

      1. re: Captain Jack
        eve Aug 21, 2006 06:54 PM

        I don't think there was a difference. IMO, the 9 course is the way to go too. The 7 course willl be great but just imagine it even better (without being a glutton).

        1. re: Captain Jack
          ellenost Aug 21, 2006 06:57 PM

          The portions are a bit larger with the 7 course dinner, but they are not tiny with the 9 course. By the way, if there is a course that you would prefer from the 7 course dinner, Per Se will allow you to substitute the course. (I've done it at least twice.) Enjoy! Please report back after your dinner.

        2. re: ellenost
          CornflakeGirl Aug 21, 2006 07:23 PM

          Having dined at the French Laundry I'd recommend the 7 only because you can try more dishes.

          If you order the tasting menu you'll have identical courses.

          Keep in mind they'll most likely offer you an amuse when you sit down and one before your chosen dessert. At least that's what they did at the FL.

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          evening Aug 22, 2006 07:50 PM

          As the wait staff explained to us, the 9 course has the caviar and foie gras - the 7 course doesnt...

          The course with the foie gras was a choice between 2 dishes; one without that I cannot recall since I got the foie gras.

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          1. re: evening
            chowcito Aug 22, 2006 08:31 PM

            It should be noted that the foie gras option has a supplemental fee which was $30 when I was there.

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            thompsrr Aug 22, 2006 08:40 PM

            I'm curious - would you guys say it's worth the exorbitant price???

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            1. re: thompsrr
              ellenost Aug 22, 2006 09:01 PM


              1. re: thompsrr
                sfslinky Aug 23, 2006 05:05 PM

                Yes, also because the price now includes service.

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