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XIV - A Question

lizziee Jan 14, 2009 06:47 AM

Irene just reviewed the restaurant and wrote, "Keep in mind that's per person, because if one person orders a dish, it's automatically multiplied by the number of people at the table." Does that mean if you order a dish, you can't share it for $8.00? Each order, if you are 2, becomes $16.00?

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    Adsvino Jan 14, 2009 07:55 AM

    If you are 6, it is $48.

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    1. re: Adsvino
      JeetJet Jan 14, 2009 08:32 AM

      If all 6 order a $8 dish it cost $228?

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        Griller141 Jan 14, 2009 08:28 PM

        No, if 6 each ordered an $8 dish it would apparently come to $288.

    2. BombayUpWithaTwist Jan 14, 2009 08:38 AM

      We were able to "share" desserts & cheese plates, but I doubt they would do that with the rest of the meal.

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        FED Jan 14, 2009 12:21 PM

        exactly lizzie. crazy system. and despite what seem like reasonably priced tasting menus, it adds up really quick given their wine list. i'd guess that a minimum would probably be $100 a person and it can go to $150 per without breaking a sweat.

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          lizziee Jan 14, 2009 12:57 PM

          I was really surprised about this system. In France, we never have a problem with splits - one for two. Basically each item is really $16 if you are two people. I called and asked about their BYO policy - $25 per bottle with a 2 bottle maximum. Kevin, the problem with the gamut is that I don't want to eat every item on the menu and the problem with the 8, 11 or 14 course is that it is chef's choice. Michael Mina has always been much better at fish than meat and I would rather have those type of dishes.

        2. kevin h Jan 14, 2009 12:24 PM

          The best bet, then, is to order the "Gamut"--all 35 items on the menu for $250. Split among two people, it's not bad at all.

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            alvin Jan 14, 2009 01:01 PM

            do you know if they have a wine pairing for the gamut?

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              JAB Jan 14, 2009 03:12 PM

              A wine pairing for 35 courses? 35 1/2 glasses split between 2 would be an awful lot of wine.

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                kevin h Jan 14, 2009 03:43 PM

                There is no formal set pairing I'm aware of. However, the restaurant could probably accommodate the request.

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                RicRios Jan 14, 2009 02:06 PM

                The best best bet: stay away.

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                  Adsvino Jan 14, 2009 02:18 PM

                  LOL on SIV's review today in the Times. She trashes the entire place, says she wouldn't ever return, and then gives it two stars, or "Very Good."

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                    Adsvino Jan 14, 2009 02:46 PM

                    It's a weird model but I guess they are hoping, given Mina's rep, it flies with the diners. It would be fine with me, I eat anything. But I certainly could not go with picky diners.

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                      lizziee Jan 14, 2009 03:45 PM

                      Just called the restaurant - it is $250 for 2.

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                        FED Jan 15, 2009 08:44 AM

                        i think the difference is the split between the "official menu" and "what we're willing to do". According to the menu I saw, it's $250 per person. But the night that I was there, the waiter did say that maybe they could work something out. given the informality of that, I think she did the right thing.

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                          RicRios Jan 14, 2009 06:01 PM

                          Two stars is as far down as she can go:
                          Mina => Steve Wynn => Big Vegas ads => keep papa Sam Zell happy

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                      geefisky Jan 14, 2009 01:35 PM


                      It is $8 per menu item per person. So if a party of six orders 8-courses, it's $8 x 8 courses x 6 people ($64 per person or $512 total)

                      There is one other option, however. "The Gamut," is an option on the menu that includes one plate of everything for $250. Since the plates are so small, you could do this for three people or two very hungry people (with three, you may not get more than a bite on some dishes)

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                        lizziee Jan 14, 2009 03:36 PM

                        What I object to is that the entire table must order the same items at the $8.00 per person price. For example, I can't have scallops tempura and my dining companion have crab crepe - we must order 2 of the same or in the case above 2 orders of scallops and 2 orders of crab. WEIRD!

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