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Puerto Vallarta $650.00 USD per couple - dinner

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SanJoseHound Nov 5, 2009 07:16 AM

Trying to help a friend remember the experience she had a few years ago in Puerto Vallarta. She doesn't remember the name of the place. The price for dinner was $650.00 USD per couple. Dinner was on a rooftop and sounds like it was a tasting menu. After dinner, they proceeded to the basement which was a cigar lounge and had after dinner drinks. Can anyone help her remember the name of this place? Thanks!

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    bronwen RE: SanJoseHound Nov 5, 2009 08:19 AM

    El Panorama has rooftop dining, Le Kliff is unbelievably beautiful. I can't imagine spending that sort of money in Puerto Vallarta though, even Cafe des Artistes would be half of that - but of course you can bump it up with champagne and cognac.

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      SanJoseHound RE: bronwen Nov 5, 2009 08:43 AM

      Thanks! I googled these places and will see if they ring a bell with her. I was surprised at the amount too. $325.00 per person is more than French Laundry. Of course, she did say the price included all alcohol and it sounded like they had wine pairings with each course, champagne, and some kind of after dinner drinks, possibly cognac.

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        gomexico RE: SanJoseHound Nov 7, 2009 09:02 AM

        I suspect someone is interpreting the prices listed online as in terms of US$ instead of MX$. I looked at Le Kliff, which charges a lot for it's fare, and a meal there wouldn't come close to US$325. Even at the prices it does list I can't imagine it's worthwhile - but there's a Gringo coming along every minute in Vallarta, willing to fork over for high prices.

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          bronwen RE: gomexico Nov 9, 2009 09:16 AM

          gomexico - I think you're right, they mean pesos - about $25 each. I still think it might be El Panorama or perhaps the restaurant in Los Cuatros Vientos Hotel (Chez Gloria I think it's called).

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      SanJoseHound RE: SanJoseHound Nov 10, 2009 12:28 PM

      Double-checked with my friend and it was definitely not pesos - she is certain the price was in US dollars. Hmmm.

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        bronwen RE: SanJoseHound Nov 11, 2009 10:52 AM

        In retrospect I think that's impossible!!!

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          cristina RE: bronwen Nov 11, 2009 11:36 AM

          I also think it's impossible. Unless, of course, they were dining with Carlos Slim.

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          gomexico RE: SanJoseHound Nov 13, 2009 09:50 AM

          I suspect the friend is 'pulling your leg.' If not, then suggest to her that she should probably file a fraud complaint with PROFECO - Mexico's Attorney General for Consumer Protection. ;-)

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            bronwen RE: gomexico Nov 13, 2009 10:15 AM

            It seems that those of us who know Mexico quite well are all in agreement over this - you really cannot spend that sort of money in Mexico, there are no El Bulli's or Per Se's with their fantastic celebrity cachets which warrant that sort of money

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              robt5265 RE: bronwen Nov 13, 2009 06:11 PM

              Having lived there myself, I agree. Unless added to the food was French wines and cognac and Cuban cigars, then maybe.....

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