Has anyone been? Thoughts? Is it worth the $120 price tag???
I have been once. It's sort of circus food - fun stories and presentations and some really delicious flavors and textures. It's fun to see the leading edge of cuisine science once in a while. I highly recommend it for a special event, and would even say I found it worth the hefty price tag. Once.
My only advice is that you not order the wine flights - the flavors on the plates are so strong and intense that no wines paired well with more than a couple of dishes, and in fact they fought hard with others. Instead, go with chilled vodkas.
My brother calls me gullible for spending the money but IT WAS WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I went this summer with a few friends/fellow foodies and we enjoyed every minute of it. I was fascinated with watching the chefs prepare everything and they are very open to answering any questions. The food was fabulous! Afterwards, I tried to describe it to a friend, who unfortunately couldn’t join us, and found it next to impossible because it is just so delicious and interesting and different. For example, the thai dessert which has a blanket of peanut over something yummy and creamy then a spices around it…doesn’t really accurately describe it. I would recommend it!!! Keep in mind, it takes awhile to get a reservation and of course your meal with tip/tax/wine will be more than the set price…but if you want a fun interesting new experience, GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!
I think it is well worth the price point. I went awhile back and found it to be a memorable experience. Every once in awhile I get these cravings for their deconstructed clam chowder and the steak and cheese cigar. I added on the Champagne flight b/c I like my alcohol and thought it would go best with a menu filled with such different flavours and textures.
Just two tips:
1. Don't have a big meal before you go. There's about 35 courses and you are going to get stuffed. I did. Talk about food coma afterward.
2. I recommend getting a reservation for the second seating. You won't feel as rushed. The chefs don't try to rush you, but I always get easily stressed by time and I knew that there was a seating right after us (we had the first seating) and I didn't want to delay the Chefs. Then again, that's probably me and my nutso brain speaking.
It's definitely worth it for an extremely different foodie experience. It's like they take things you are familiar with and make it taste better than you have had before. It's not the "best food" in DC, but I would say it is the "best experience." Would I rush back after going one time? Probably not. But, down the road? Sure. It was yummy, fun, and intimate.
And, that Thai dessert Goldielocks1225 is talking about is AMAZING. I want some. Now.