RN74: What Did I Miss?
With all the recent hooplah over Mina's RN74, I figured I'd give it time to season before trying it out myself. Maybe people are just desperate for any new resto in these challenging economic times. But I didn't get it. Initially, I thought the Euro train station sign with changing "last bottles" of selected wines was nifty, if not a little kitchy (every time the last bottle gets snapped up, another new bottle takes its place on the board), but I came for the food after all. It was just okay. I had a sardine app, tempura mushrooms and prime rib slices. It was decent but not the kind of inspired fare I'm used to from Mina. The space is a little akward. Sure, it's hip enough, but the bar is sandwiched into the front and separated from the dining space by nothing more that the hostess station. This means dining can be noisy, as it was our night. I felt like the Woody Allen character in Stardust Memories, sitting in a staid train coach while watching a full blown party in a neighboring train. Did anyone have a good meal there? Should I try it again?
I found the merguez sausage to be delicious, the rum raisin/frozen souffle dessert to be trying a little too hard, but still good.
mina also doesn't have any restaurants like this, so therefore it's not surprising that it might be different from waht yo're used to.
will definitely agree with you on the noise; although the bar/lounge area is a great place to go by yourself and have a drink and maybe meet someone, which you can't really say about his other restaurants