Celestin - Summerlicious
I have never been a fan of Summerlicious. Based on past experiences, I found the overall food quality and dining experiences mostly dissappointing. Therefore, yesterday evening, I reluctantly tagged along with a number of friends to Celestin's summerlicious with a heavy heart.
I had: the Spicy Lobster bisque - condensed and fairly flavourful,
the Seared Scallops - 3 bite size morsels on some mousse without any vegetable
accompliment. Nicely cooked but way too small a portion to be called an entree.
the Lemon Mascarpone dessert - a little bowl of fluffy custard infused with fresh lemon. OK,
but nothig special
I had also a glass of Chateau Duccasse Bordeaux Blanc and a glass of Australian Abbey Rock Sem/Sal. The latter was very good with a lovely bouquet.
Thank God the service was attentive and friendly, even though the place was packed.
My portion of the bill after tax and a compulsory 18% service charge comes to $75. A hefty price to pay for a half empty stomach and just OK food!! We all ended up afterwards at the 'Taste of Lawrence' for some Shawarma to fill up, a by then, growling stomach. For $75, I can eat much better and fuller, ordering a la carte from Pastis or Batifole. Guess after yesterday, Summerliciou NO MORE!!.
I've commented previously that the *licious idea has morphed into something not entirely palatable...that being said, I am doing it for several restos this summer, notably Celestin, so thanks for the review.
I hate to sound elitist, but anytime the doors are opened to the masses (and here, I don't mean anything other than the literal meaning of the word) and restaurants pack 3 seatings in a night, feel the need to put out smaller portions etc, most usually the experience will suffer.
Charles, I will most likely follow your lead and not do any more *licious events.
I went to Celestin as well and I must say that I had a great meal! And, having been in the business, had no problem with them including the gratuity (my man and I acutally left them more money, because the service was so good!); we understand that the 'licious crowd can be quite frugal when it comes to tipping. Our meal was wonderful, but I think it is the 'licious crowds who have forgotten what it is all about: experiencing quality restaurant on the cheap! You are NEVER going to be able to go to Celestin for $35 and experience a total dining experience!! If you think that you are, you should stay home and order pizza. But, if you want to go and try a scaled-down experience...go for Summerlicious. Although I would imagine that they're sold out. Perhaps next year!
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