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The new Spago...any visits?

Have only see a very brief smattering of comments. Has anyone been, and ready to do a review for CH's?

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  1. Uh, did you see this? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8757...

    Our buddy RicRios was none too impressed, unfortunately.

    1. Ciao Bob liked it! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/874661

      I'm going in a couple of weeks, will report back. Unfortunately I never dined at the old Spago... but maybe that will be a valuable and uncolored perspective?

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      1. re: CLowe

        Yes I did...not Earth shattering but I thought it a promising new direction for a place that (probably) could have continued doing the same thing ad infinitum but chose something new.

      2. I thought the food was good. The uni was great. Portions are small, as are the drinks and the prices are crazy high. Miss the days of the original Spago on the hill.

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        1. re: Thor123

          at least spago on the hll you could get pizza and his other more casual dishes.

          but a few years back, i went to spago bh and has an exceptional tasting menu. Tasting Menus are their strong suit in my humble opinion.

          btw, uni at spago ???

          1. re: kevin

            Yep uni. Very nice presentation and very good. By the way, you can still get the salmon pizza although its not on the menu.

        2. I ate there a couple of days ago and was fairly disappointed. Not because the food was poor, but because it is just average. This is not only a Puck restaurant, but the flagship restaurant. The menu looks great and sounds really exciting. The execution from the kitchen was off. The risotto was salty, the fish was overcooked and in general it was just average. Thats not what i expect when i go to Spago.

          1. Maybe the NYT piece titled "The Once and Future Spago" was really referring to the end of Puck's Camelot...

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            1. re: Porthos

              Perhaps Sherry Yard knew something before all of us ...

                1. re: wienermobile

                  I think the jury is still out on that one.

                  It's one thing to be a pastry chef, quite another to be a pastry chef running a full-blown bakery (even with uber business man San Yoon in tow)