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scanmike Jul 25, 2008 03:09 PM

Hi,

I am trying to choose between Fleur de Sel, Convivio and Tamarind for lunch next week. Has anyone eaten at any of the above? I am more concerned about the portions. My husband is coming and I don't want him to go hungry. Also, we hate waiters that are pretentious. And yes, we like all types of food.

Thanks,
Denise
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    RGR Jul 25, 2008 10:33 PM

    Fleur de Sel is one of our favs. The contemporary French cuisine is superb. Service is pleasant and professional. Though we've never done RW lunch there, they offer the 3-course lunch prix-fixe all year long, and we have done a number of them. Portions are not huge, but I have found them perfectly adequate.

    We haven't been to Convivio yet, but when it was L'Impero, the food was excellent. So far, reports about Convivio have been very positive. Obviously, I can't tell you anything about RW menu portion sizes.

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      scanmike Jul 25, 2008 10:37 PM

      Thanks RGR. YOu have never steered me wrong yet. We are leaning towards Fleur de Sel also. Not much out yet on Convivio, but as you said L'Impero was supposed to be excellent. As long as the portion size is adequate, that's fine. Thanks for the info.

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        RGR Jul 26, 2008 09:22 AM

        Hey, scanmike,

        Thanks for the kind words. Just to clarify, we ate twice at L'Impero under current chef Michael White, and I found his food to be delicious. That's why I have every confidence it is the same at Convivio.

        If I were choosing for myself, much as I like Fleur de Sel, I would lean towards Convivio because FdeS offers the 3-course prix-fixe all year. Of course, there is the issue of portion size at Convivio. As I said, that's a question mark.

        Wherever you go, I hope you enjoy it.

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          kobetobiko Jul 26, 2008 09:35 AM

          Hi RGR,

          Before I read your post, I was also thinking that I will try Convivo if I were given the 3 choices. Just like you said, you can enjoy the prix fixe lunch at Fleur de Sel all year round, so there is really no need to go during restaurant week when it may be more crowded than usual. Convivio, on the other hand, is new (not the chef, but their new "direction" so to speak") and so restaurant week seems like a good time to try out their food. After all, if the food is just ok, all you lose is $24.07 + tax and such. On the other hand, if you like the food a lot, then you can go back for a more elaborate lunch or dinner.

          I am only ok with Tamarind, not that I hate it, but don't love it either. I am ambivalent ot it. I guess if I were given choices Tamarind will not be my choice.

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            RGR Jul 26, 2008 04:38 PM

            Hey, kobe,

            Great dining minds do think alike! :-)

            We haven't been to Tamarind in ages. We had dinner there twice. Obviously, initially, the food was good enough for a return visit. However, the second time, the food went downhill. Since then, I believe there have been changes in the kitchen, so maybe things have improved, but I'm still not particularly eager to go there.

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      scanmike Jul 26, 2008 07:11 PM

      Thanks for the input. You are right about being able to eat lunch at Fleur de Sel anytime for the same price. We don't get to eat out in the city that much so either way it will be a treat. I will leave the final decision to my daughter. Both have reservations open. I will let you know how it goes. Tamarind is out, even though we love Indian.

      thanks.

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