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Mortons - Please order dessert souflle NOW

jfood Oct 18, 2006 12:31 PM

Ok, so I like a good chocolate souffle, rub me with creme anglaise.

The waiter tells you the "Chef needs 45 minutes to make the souffle" and requires you to order with the shrimp cocktail and overpriced/undercooked steak.

Finish a lousy meal, remember it's Morton's (clients love this place) and then you get the souffle AND IT'S COLD.

Since we've been trashing CF on a bunch of threads, why should we leave the "high enders" of the list. For $100 a person, you would think the souffle should come out warm? Why do they need 45 minutes to make the thing?

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  1. MMRuth RE: jfood Oct 18, 2006 12:33 PM

    I think it's pretty standard to have to order a souffle at the beginning of the meal if you want it for dessert.

    1. AKR RE: jfood Oct 18, 2006 12:40 PM

      i ordered a chocolate souffle this weekend after our mains and got it in time for dessert. maybe its just a question of how busy the kitchen is.

      1. monkeyrotica RE: jfood Oct 18, 2006 03:44 PM

        Same thing with the baked alaska at Antoine's: you want it, you order it before your meal. Is there such a thing as quick souffle?

        1. Karl S RE: jfood Oct 18, 2006 03:57 PM

          Souffles require about 30+ minutes of cooking.

          Besides, I am not a fan of warm chocolate: the flavors are muddied when chocolate is warm. Room temperature or slightly above that maximizes the flavor profile.

          1. Das Ubergeek RE: jfood Oct 18, 2006 11:29 PM

            45 minutes is a BIT long but it's not unheard of... 30 minutes is the more usual lead time and yes, you order a soufflé when you order your main dishes (or, if it's for an appetiser, as soon as you sit down).

            That said, if it was cold, I'd have sent it back. The whole point of a soufflé is that it's warm and molten in the centre.

            1. jfood RE: jfood Oct 19, 2006 01:00 AM

              Sorry, i wrote this a bit confusingly. My point was not ordering with enough time to prepare the 30+ minutes, but that I ordered and it arrived stone cold. It appeared that the kitchen either completely miscalculated or these were premade and served as required.

              Does anyone know the shelf life of a souffle after its been baked. Could a kitchen prebaked a bunch and then just serve them or will they fall.

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                JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: jfood Oct 19, 2006 10:58 AM

                You have a couple of minutes before the souffle starts to fall. It's still delicious, just not as impressive. It certainly should not have been cold, and I hope you sent it back.

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                tamerlanenj RE: jfood Oct 19, 2006 01:25 AM

                "Undercooked" steak at Mortons? That's how it's supposed to be. People just don't know what medium rare is.

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