Charlie Burger's Latest Invite is out...
- Mike from Hamilton Aug 28, 2009 12:01 PM
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.)
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.