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Sep 11, 2006 07:39 PM

How is restaurant week going?

Just thought I'd open this thread for restaurant week info. That way people can have a heads up on what- and what not- to order as the week goes on, as well as where to try that might still have open spots!

We are going to Mercato later this week & I'd love some pointers.

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  1. My restaurant week info is posted under "Django".

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    1. re: JanR

      Went to Twenty Manning for Restaurant Week. It was a disappointment. The staff was however, very accommodating to our last minute reservation change. That said, the food was mediocre both in creativity and delivery. At three different times throughout the meal, something which resembled the sound of crashing dishes startled the diners (I suspect I wasn't too far off). My friend even got accidentally stabbed with a butter knife after they removed our appetizer plate. I am in no rush to head back there. Hopefully my fellow Chowhounders expereinced something better there??

    2. Went to Branzino for restaurant week last night with my boyfriend and a friend.

      I had never been there, but my friend wanted to go for the Osso Bucco which was listed on the menu on the RW website. Unfortunately, that was not on the menu when we got to the restaurant. My friend ordered the lamb shank as his main course instead (it was similarly prepared) and seemed pretty happy with it, but was disappointed that they didn't have the osso bucco that he chose Branzino for. Also misleading on the RW website: they make it look like Branzino has one appetizer, one pasta and one meat or fish as the three courses. In fact, the three courses are one appetizer, one fish/pasta/meat, and one dessert. This makes much more sense, as it would have been a ridiculous amount of food, the other way! Appetizers were good - my friend enjoyed his mussels, I liked my leek salad, and my boyfriend seemed to like his smoked tuna quite a bit. For the main course, I had the gnocchi which was very good, but I probably should have ordered the bronzino (mildly spiced fish) along with my boyfriend - I had a bite and it was melt-in-your mouth perfect.

      Note, they tried to shaft us on the dessert. One of the servers came to the table after we finished our second dish and asked if we wanted coffee or cappucino. Up to that point, I had been very happy with the service (they quickly corked our wine bottle, and the service was perfectly timed), but I do feel that she was trying to avoid giving us our third entree.

      All in all: fantastic place for restaurant week. The decor is a little cheesy, to be honest, and the screaming baby one table over didn't help (why not hire a babysitter for a couple of hours with the money you're saving on a fancy dinner for $30?), but really all that matters is the food!

      1. Did our semi-annual Monday at Matyson. Not rushed and great. If anyone going we all voted for the Duck breast as the best appy. The Pork Chork as the best entree and a tie between the brownie and the coconut pie for dessert. I'm a big dinner and I brought half my entree home ffor the next night!

        Friday we do La Familigia. (yum!)

        Steve R

        1. So how IS restaurant week going? Haven't seen many replies to this post.

          1. well, we went to Mercato last night. the staff was very friendly and accomodating. We enjoyed the fresh bread & gourmet butter, and they were on top of refilling both bread & water without having to ask.
            I ordered the grilled artichoke as my app. It was flavored well, but was not a very "meaty" one at all which was disappointing. The others ordered the cheese plate & crab salad, seemed to enjoy. The entrees were braised short rib, shrimp & lobster pyramid pasta & filet (extra charge)(which I did not try). The short rib was good, however, not far off from what I make at home, therefore did not do anything for me to want to return. The waitress pointed out that the lobster & shrimp pasta was the "famous/popular" dish. It too was good, but nothing special- 3 pieces of filled pasta. Both were very small portions- not sure if this is the regular or RW portion size. The desserts were tasty, chocolate molten cake & vanilla panna cotta were our choices.

            Overall, it was a good meal, but basic, nothing special that makes me want to return - as other restaurants have done.