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Jan 14, 2009 06:47 AM

XIV - A Question

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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    1. re: Adsvino

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

      1. re: JeetJet

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

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

      1. 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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        1. re: FED

          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. 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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          1. re: kevin h

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

            1. re: alvin

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

              1. re: alvin

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

                1. re: RicRios

                  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."

                  1. re: nosh

                    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.

                    1. re: nosh

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

                      1. re: nosh

                        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.

                        1. re: Adsvino

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

                    2. JeetJet-

                      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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                      1. re: geefisky

                        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!