Ordering Strategy for Solo at Sable
I'll be dining solo at Sable next week and I was wondering what a good ordering strategy would be. I've looked at the menu and I don't quite understand the two prices for some of the dishes. I would like to try as many dishes as possible and it's too bad I don't have a partner to share. I have a pretty good appetite and generally order appetizer/entree/dessert at more traditional restaurants. I suppose I could just order one dish at a time and see how that goes. I plan on ordering the sweet corn creme brulee on the advice a few posters on this board. Are there other dishes that any of you would recommend (I eat anything)? Also, are there any cocktails that are really awesome--their list is very daunting. Thank you very much for your assistance.
I ate at Sable solo, as I reported in the Sable topic at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7045... I described all the dishes in my post there, and it's worth reading to get a better idea of what it's like.
Like you, I have a good appetite and generally order appetizer/entree/dessert at more traditional restaurants. Like you, I like to try as many dishes as possible. (I'm not much for cocktails so I can't help there.)
I believe the two prices are half portions and full portions in all cases. As for the portion sizes, the half portion of mussels were what many places would serve as a full portion. The calamari half portion was somewhat small; it was served in a cup (like a soup cup). The half portion of bison short rib sliders consisted of two, each about the size of hamburgers at White Castle - not huge, but not skimpy. And the sweet corn creme brulee, which is a full-portion savory dish, was the size of a generous dessert portion of creme brulee at most restaurants.
Here's what I wrote in my report:
"I can typically eat a lot, but after these four courses (three of them half-orders), I was comfortably full, so I passed on dessert, even though the desserts sounded as great as everything else on the menu. When I was first ordering, I was wondering how big the portions would be, given the half orders and the low prices; as it turned out, though, they were quite generous."
In hindsight, I wish I had ordered less savory food so that I would have had room for dessert. I love dessert! But those four dishes left me stuffed. I think the low prices threw my judgment off, since I was expecting most of them to be smaller than they turned out to be.
If I went back as a solo, I would start by ordering two items, in half portions where available. And even though I like to try dishes I hadn't had before, I would make sure to get that sweet corn creme brulee again. After that, I'd see whether or not I wanted to get one more savory dish before dessert, but I'd definitely make sure to leave room for dessert.
Hope this helps - and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Thank you for the link and your usual thorough and helpful reply. I imagined that those prices were for half-portions and I was assuming that they would be on the small size given the low prices. Now I am forewarned. I will report back on this meal and my meals at Avenues, Mexique, and Les Nomades (you had suggested Shanghai Terrace on an earlier post and I gave that very careful consideration so thanks for that as well.)
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