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Tasting Menu Question

Going to be Downtown for a weekend with a friend in a few weeks.

Wanted to do a tasting Menu. Looked at all the websites and narrowed it down to

6 course at Georges
Chef Mercy at Nine Ten
Tasting at A.R. Valentine

I ruled out the 7 course at Addison (I could be convinced though) Mainly think it might be too formal and style of Cuisine. Kind of want somewhat relaxed / romantic

I was hoping for Delicias in RSF but looks like McCabe (sp) is no longer there ...at least he's not listed on the culinary team part of the web site.

Total unrelated note. Has anyone tried Sora Downtown yet Italian Japanese Fusion near the Coaster station. Chef Noriyoshi Teruya worked for Nobu in Italy, which I guess explains the concept.

Thanks

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  1. Three excellent choices. Three excellent chefs. Hard to split hairs cuisine-wise. You mentioned relaxed/romantic. Reasonable minds might differ, but George's has never struck me as relaxed, although the view is quite romantic. Nothing romantic about Nine-Ten, really, although it is relaxed. I'd vote for A.R. Valentien given your criteria, but it's a close call.

    1. Georges is doing a 5-course tasting menu (on a daily basis without prior "discussion" with the kitchen) or a 7-course tasting menu (which requires prior "discussion" with the kitchen). Had the Chef's Mercy at 9-10 and would call it the biggest disappointing dinner of the year and not worth the money. Other options might be Wine Vault (regular 5-course tasting on Saturday or look on their calendar (webpage) for some of their special winemaker tasting menus (often on Sundays). JSix has also a very good 5-course tasting menu (Chef's Mercy) but I wouldn't call the dining room romantic (but relaxed). Winesellar & Brasserie (which we haven't tried for a few years) has also a 7-course tasting menu (which can be personalized). The Sky Room is also still offering their tasting menu until the end of the year before it will close down (so it might be a good time to try it).

      1. I would recommend Flavor Del Mar as well as the George's 7 course. Both will be relaxed and romantic and both have excellent wine selections.

        I would definitely not recommend Nine Ten and have never been to AR Valentien.

        Sora does not have a tasting menu. The early reviews were that it was not a good price to experience ratio because of the small portions, but during my recent visit, I actually felt some portions were too large and the pricing was generally appropriate. If you want more details about Sora, you can check out my post at: http://www.gastrobits.com/2012/11/sor...

        1. Out of your choices, George's and NineTen are the best kitchens in the area (for fine dining). Addison is a waste of money IMHO based on my last tasting menu there. George's is my go to when I need to entertain a foodie who is also a client, though for some reason I'm not in love with Nine Ten's tasting menu offerings. Can't quite put my finger on it- I'm sure part of it is that I hate that dining room (the layout of it).

          1. Total unrelated note. Has anyone tried Sora Downtown yet Italian Japanese Fusion near the Coaster station. Chef Noriyoshi Teruya worked for Nobu in Italy, which I guess explains the concept.
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            Sora is awful

            No other way to put it.

            And I'm being understated and diplomatic when I say "awful". It's sort of like describing the Grand Canyon as "a hole in the ground."