Mr. C, still reeling
Some pretty bad comments about Mr. C restaurant have been posted recently, and I was coincidentally invited there last night to see for myself.
First, and foremost, the food:
A carpaccio started which was tender and flavorful, I though pretty good.
Octopus salad was a different preparation than I am used to, chopped cabbage and diced octopus, not a lot of octopus flavor, maybe a little bit fishy but OK.
Mains were steak, ordered medium rare, served closer to medium well. Under-seasoned for the most part expect for parts that were doused in coarse sea salt. An OK, somewhat tender cut. Served with a side of vegetables that were overcooked and mushy, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and lots of onions.
Swordfish with tomatoes and olives, moist and tender, seemed like it was probably braised, but absolutely no flavor. After some salt it was pretty good. Served with a side of plain rice doused in butter (I didn't quite understand that.)
Lots of meringues for dessert, and of course tiramisu. I skipped it.
The maitre d was efficient and pleasant, out waiter was nice and personable however, they cater to their high powered clientele and seem to ignore everyone else. The table that sat down ten minutes after us finished and left almost an hour before us, and not because we wanted a leisurely meal. Our first course came about ten minutes after ordering, but there was then about forty minutes to the entrees. We asked to order dessert right away, but it was still a twenty minute wait for our waiter to return to take our order. Strangely, in the overcrowded dining room, tables were re-arranged and added mid meal by lifting and carrying fully set tables (yes, with glasses) above diners heads, and this was done more than once.
The hotel is pretty spectacular. A great piano bar and library room, amazing lacquered woodwork, the restaurant is tasteful, if not a bit more casual than I was expecting. The crowd is what has me reeling. Every hollywood power broker in town with their plastic surgery wife was in attendance. Lots of table hopping and hand shaking going on between courses and deals. It's was like an over the top version of The Player, or LA Story, and that's hard to do.
After our two plus hours, we couldn't wait to get out of there.