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Dec 4, 2006 04:51 PM

Per Se Disappointment

I will probably get beat up for posting this. But I went to Per Se yesterday and I was a little disappointed with the meal.

It might have been because of the high expectations I built, but I found the food while very good, nothing extraordinary. And definitely not worth the $500 price tag.

Am I alone in this?

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  1. No. I haven't been, but if you do a search, you'll find others who had a similar experience.

    1. You aren't alone. My experience on each occasion was that the early courses were exciting, the meat entrees disappointing, the composed cheese plate absurdly bad, and some of the desserts poor. Also, the last fish course I had there - essentially a cube of tuna paired with a boiled onion - was totally misconceived.

      1. I have been twice now and i have to say those were the top two meals of my life. The only dissapointment i have had was the cheese course the first time was lacking. Worth every penny

        1. Can you give us a little more information? What did you have and what specifically did you like/not like about the food?

          This will help all of us.

          In the past, there have been some very spirited discussions (pro and con) about Per Se.

          1. Let's see if I can remember all the courses, I apologize for the simplistic way that I describe the dishes, I'm not the best of describing food, hence I could never get my dream job of being a food critic :)

            1. Salmon served with sour cream and capers on a cone (pastry was really buttery and crunchy).

            2. Foie Gras with pomegranite, a fruit sauce and toasted brioche. This was $40 supplement.

            3. Crispy fish on a bed of sauteed vegetables

            4. Lobster served with a black truffle creamy sauce

            5. Roasted Squab with some sort of consomme

            6. Rib Eye with a side of homemade pasta

            7. Aged goat cheese w/ a choice of walnut rye bread or cranberry bread

            8. Lemon and Coconut sorbet

            9. Chocolate platter with multiple types of dessert: chocolate brownie, cookie crumbs topped with a chocolate mousse

            While everything was good and definitely well prepared, I just wasn't wowed by any of the dishes.