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Charlie Burger's Latest Invite is out...

This month's concept: Le Guide Michelin de Charlie Burger 1973
This month's chef: Albert Ponzo, Executive Chef of Le Select Bistro
This month's "donation": $185/person.

The ususal Charlie items are on the menu:

Foie gras, sweetbreads, lobster, wagyu.

The calling card for this one is that the menu will apparently be prepared on a Molteni Stove that graced the kitchens of Maxim's de Paris, La Pyramide, L'oasis and Bocuse.

Interesting enough I guess, but not enough to make me want to part with $185 this time around.

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  1. Not just the price , but lamb's brains butted me out of this one.

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    1. re: jayt90

      Lamb brains is pretty good actually. well, just steamed or boiled brains can be a little bland. But if its prepared with stuff, it can be pretty good.

    2. I like much of the menu (can't eat oysters... bloody allergy!).

      And I'm a bit fan of Le Select..

      But when I think that Mr. Rabbit and I could take approximately $400 (and I know we'd have to factor in tax and tip, blablabla)... I would rather book a table somewhere that we have even a bit more flexibility on menu options... and where we're guaranteed that we won't have to make small talk all night with some icky stranger (or sit next to someone who has some palpable aversion to us).

      It's big money, and all things considered... non. The fact that only three of us have bothered to respond to another Charlie's thread also makes me wonder whether enthusiasm for this fad hasn't already waned somewhat?

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      1. re: Rabbit

        Enthusiasm definitely dampened here. I was thrilled when I added myself to the Charlie Burger mailing list, because of the original mission statement. I thought that I could try something new and interesting, for a semi-reasonable price.

        Now that the price is certainly upwards of the original statement, and I'm simply priced out, regardless of how much I want to attend. What a shame.

      2. I"m not sure what the Charlie Burger people are thinking, increasing the prices like that. Even if there are people who can afford it, it doesn't reflect well on them since many people have gone through a difficult year financially.

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        1. re: merlot143

          Not Lambs Brains again!!

          It doesn't look like good value to you or to me but if they sell it out more power to them.

        2. Wow...talk about highway robbery!

          Not 2 weeks ago I enjoyed one of the top 3 meals I have ever had at Cyrus, and that was an 8 course tasting menu (turned out to be closer to 13 or 14) which totaled $165 USD.

          Now granted that is without the $80 wine pairings, but still, I would be willing to guarantee the food exponentially superior, and without doubt, the service as well.

          Do they actually think they are on par with a 2* Michelin restaurant? (although there is no reason why Cyrus should not have a 3rd star, as they are easily as good as TFL)

          For that kind of money, I would much prefer a handful of local restaurants where we would likely be able to dine more than once at.

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          1. re: Sadistick

            I also took a look at the menu and the price and said "nope".

          2. Did anyone attend this event and if so, how was it?

            And has anyone been to the more affordable Charlie's Burgers listed here? http://www.chow.com/restaurants/89881...

            Charlie's Burgers
            48 Holland E, Bradford, ON L3Z1X2, CA

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              1. re: cynalan

                I'm just curious, since Charlie took me off the list. I guess I'm not cool enough.

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  I didn't get an invite to CB Oct. 26 with chefs Gushue and de Guzman. It may have been at Langdon Hall, not sure.about that.
                  I follow CB on Twitter, and the menu went out on Oct 16; anyone who read the tweet could re-apply if they were dropped, as Charlie thought some invites went to junk mail (I haven't checked mine yet.)

                  1. re: jayt90

                    Another TwitRumor: CB invites Jamie O. to cook on Nov. 22 when he is in Toronto.

                    1. re: jayt90

                      I was at the CB dinner this past Monday with Gushue and de Guzman. It was in the "Chairman's Boardroom" on the 12th floor at 1 King West. The food was fantastic - poached oysters in masala sauce, lobster in Langdon butter with pig cheek & foie gras torchon, glazed veal sweetbreads, etc. - and each course was paired with a different Innis & Gunn beer, which was a nice change from wine pairings.

                      1. re: gregclow

                        the food sounds great. how much was the meal this time?

                        1. re: auberginegal

                          I'm actually not completely sure, someone else paid for me. But I seem to recall from the original mailout that it was around $100. Which was quite reasonable for the quality & quantity of food that was served.

                          1. re: gregclow

                            $100? that is good a deal as it seemed each successive dinner was increasing in price. Maybe the fact that beer was served instead of wine helped keep the costs down.