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New Mansion? anyone been?

AussieGirl Nov 26, 2007 12:01 PM

Just wondering if anyone's been to the newly redone Mansion for dinner? It's close to the holidays and i was thinking of splurging a bit but not sure if i shd do it since it's so 'new'

i hate going to a new restaurant too soon. I did that with The Club and had a 'so so' experience and then went again and it was amazing what a mth makes!

  1. AussieGirl Nov 26, 2007 06:49 PM

    What? No takers? I'm surprised... I thought people would pounce on this place to see if it was still as good. Or maybe people have been traveling since it's the holiday period?

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      FLFoodie Nov 27, 2007 07:55 AM

      Yes, went about two weeks ago, won't be back. The place was absolutely dead which put a major damper on the atmosphere and the food was mediocre at best. It really makes me sad, I don't know how they are going to be able to sustain themselves.

      Also, in D Magazines December issue, they take a swipe at the Mansion asking "who still does eat at the Mansion?" Maybe I was just there to early and they are still working out the kinks, let's hope so...

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      Piegirl Nov 27, 2007 09:54 AM

      AussieGirl,
      I went there for a media preview dinner and was blown away. I know, it was a press event, so we probably got fantastic service and really amazing food, but I loved the dining room and you just can't beat the experience of the Mansion. We had about four servers helping us throughout the meal who were subtle and friendly, but not over-the-top. The food was also superb. I had duck confit to start, followed by butter-poached lobster. Overall, the three of us saying "THIS is why we love our jobs!" Excellent food, beautiful atmosphere, delicious food. The renovation gives the restaurant a new feeling--no more stuffy grandma furniture.
      Unfortunately I won't be able to afford this very often on my own dime. But it's a special occasion restaurant in my mind, still, even though they're not requiring a coat and tie anymore.

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      1. re: Piegirl
        AussieGirl Nov 30, 2007 01:30 PM

        FL Foodie- why was the food mediocre?

        Thanks for the feedback Piegirl. I'm sure they pull out all the stops for a media event. I did get a booking next weekend but it had to be early since all the prime times were taken. I hope that I get a good experience.

        I still love the French Room (on a different note). tHey've never disappointed me.

        1. re: AussieGirl
          AussieGirl Dec 13, 2007 10:55 AM

          i agree with Piegirl. We went last week and was blown away.

          The Duck confit was amazing and it came with a really intense poblano mole. i had a king crab appetizer (big enough to share) with a garlic froth which was one of the highlights. the meat was so fresh and the execution just perfect.

          For mains - I had a sturgeon which was so meaty it was almost like veal. it was done in an intense gribiche sauce and topped wtih caviar. i was swooning over every bite but i know that sturgeon might put people off as it's so firm. (it's the opposite of Chilean Sea bass in terms of texture)

          My partner had shortribs with succotash which is great. nothing dry but i wasn't as enamoured with it as i was iwth the sturgeon.

          Desserts - chocolate ganache with peanute butter crunch was sooooo yummy. And so was the lemon frozen souffle.

          All in all... the Mansion is BACk baby!

          next time i think we'll just share the king crab appetizer so that i'm not so stuffed by the time we get to dessert.

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