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Jul 21, 2008 04:14 PM

Charlotte Resto Wk - did u partake?

We did. We had dinner at Roosters in Southpark. This was our first visit and I have wanted to try it and resto week was the perfect excuse. I had the tomato and okra soup which I thought was delicious and perfect for a hot, summer night. I also had the short rib w/ fried Anson Mills polenta. Again, very good. Dessert for me was the vanilla bean panna cotta. Perfect consistency and tasty. SO had fried squid, linguine w/ clams & creme fraiche cheesecake. He (and i) were not overly impressed w/ the taste of his selections. There were a bit bland/uninteresting. The menu choices were limiting. I was surprised to see spaghetti marinara on their list of entree choices. But all in all, it was a good experience and we will return.

So, did anyone else take advantage of the week's bargains?

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  1. My wife and I went to Upstream (tried to get into Radcliffe but they were booked all week)

    It was good, but nothing too spectacular - the regular menu is overpriced in my opinion.

    I had the roasted halibut with corn risotto and hint of truffle oil. It was pretty tasty actually; wife had the wagyu beef. It was also good. The dessert was ho-hum and the lobster bisque was all cream and one small piece of lobster.

    The meal was fine and all, but even with the resto-week deal I thought it was overpriced... would not pay $30+ for an entree there.

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    1. re: mcap

      A few of my girlfriends & I went to Upstream as well & pretty much I agree whole heartidly with the above comments. I felt like the portions were very small too, didn't know if that was the way Upstream always is or if it was just for the price fixe. I have heard that brunch is unbelievable there, may have to try that soon.

    2. We went to M5 - my husband ordered the $30 menu and I ordered a couple of items, it was a nice evening, we sat outside. I took a few photos otherwise it might have been an uneventful and forgetable menu. Not bad, nothing to rant and nothing to rave. Well, the one odd thing that stood out, the waiter couldn't find a demitasse spoon so he served an oversized dessert spoon on an espresso.

      1. My mom and I took the opportunity to try Restaurant i since I had seen so many great reviews on these boards. It was even better than promised. Mom had fire shrimp tempura app, tuna steak entree and tempura bananas for dessert; I did tuna carpaccio app, sushi platter and peach dessert. Everything was incredibly fresh, perfectly cooked and has me craving another visit very soon. And looking at the regular menu, the value (menu also included wine, beer or sake) was amazing. My only complaint was that the chef seems over-enamored of jellies. The ponzu jelly was nice on the tuna, but I could have done without the peach jelly in the dessert. Mom's bananas were much better with a rich, deep caramel sauce and mango sorbet. Fortunately, she was willing to share :)

        Also, I'm almost happy to hear that Ratcliffe was booked all week- I was kicking myself for not going.

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        1. re: southerngurl

          Sounds good! I guess I'll put it on the list!

          1. re: southerngurl

            I really like Restaurant i as well. The food is great and the sushi may be the best in town. The one thing that bugged me was when the waiter told us that the chef is an iron chef. The iron chef is an invention of TV does he think folks are that stupid, was he toying with the Godfather?

            1. re: GodfatherofLunch

              Could that mean he competed on the original Iron Chef? I have to admit, that makes me like the place even more. As much as I love Alton Brown, I miss the original version with the horrible English overdubs and wonderfully complicated Japanese dishes.

              1. re: southerngurl

                I am an Alton Brown fan. I like the TV show Iron Chef America and like the first Iron Chef show on FoodTV even more. I loved the original Iron Chef that was all in Japanese, the bad dubbing was great. I also loved the cross section of judges maybe an actor, a baseball player and a fortuneteller. Awesome!
                If you are correct and he was "really an Iron Chef” then I am way off base. While his cuisine may reign supreme I think the waiter is just full of day old sashimi.

                1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                  I think you are correct GFL - waiter was blowing smoke...

                  Since I am bored at work right now, I found this site with all Iron Chef (Japan) battles -


                  No where is Restaurant i's chef, Masa Kokubu listed.

                  He still rocks out some great food though....

                  1. re: mcap

                    Blowing smoke indeed.
                    Excellent food and service abounds.
                    As to the waiters tall tale - Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining.