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Jan 10, 2009 03:08 PM

Any DAT (Dine About Town) Reports?

I've been thinking about trying the Dine About Town prix fixe meals. Does anyone have any reports back on DAT meals they've had? Where can I get the best bang for the buck? (Great food but much cheaper than usual, place with a lot of selection in their prix fixe, etc.)

Dine About Town:

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  1. Silly me. I see it's only Jan. 15-31 this year instead of the whole month.

    I still look forward to seeing your reports.

    1. I was looking at the Circolo 2009 DAT menu (pdf format)

      For lunch you would save $4.05 if selecting the most expensive choice, $2.05 if going for the less expensive choice.

      Difficult to tell about dinner since they don't have the all the dishes on the regular menu opting mostly for the DAT menu ... ceasar salad, salmon and creme brulee. However, given using medium prices, it amounts to free dessert.

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      1. re: rworange

        For most places I find the DAT lunch to be a better deal. The offerings aren't that different, and the price differential is huge. Maybe the portions are smaller at lunch, but it's really as much as I should eat anyway.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          I just posted a review of Circolo- I went at dinner and noted that the portions were very skimpy- is this the new recession beater?- I cannot imagine lunch being a smaller portion size than dinner.

      2. I'll be trying Sauce, Pres a Vi and Fringale most likely in the upcoming weeks. Anyone been to these before? Can you give me a hint of what to expect?

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        1. re: nicedragonboy

          We just got back a sumptuous DAT lunch at Campton Place.

          Starters :

          Jerusalem Artichoke Soup OR Garden Salad

          Both the wife and I had the garden salad with marinted veggies - bit of a lemony vinegarette dressing, I liked it , the wife - not so much.


          Arctic char with cauliflower and prawns OR Slow cooked rib with wild mushroom risotto

          Both of these were simply outstanding. The char was cooked perfectly with crisp skin on the outside came with a delicious garlic-y sauce.
          The rib with beef jus was outstanding and melts in one's mouth. The risotto was fabulous - reminded me of Bourdain's recent show about Venice.


          Key Lime Tart, Coconut Sorbet and Hibiscus
          Apple Tatin with vanilla ice cream

          Both the wife and I had the same dessert and the tatin tasted like it was flown in from France. I have not eaten tatin of this calibre for a very very long time - years in fact.

          I know I sound like a starstruck teenager at this point. I am usually not that ebullient with praise, but I strongly urge you to give the DAT at Campton Place a shot.

          Also, they don't offer their regular menu at the restaurant during the DAT option. And I confirmed that the menu was not going to change during the 15 day event.

          The bar area seemed to have a different (food) menu altogether, I will check it out some other time.


          Campton Place
          340 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

          1. re: osho

            Thank you so much! Campton Place was at the top of my list of places to try, so it's great to have a positive report. Oh, and looking at their website their regular three-course prix fixe lunch is $43, so this is basically half price!

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